Phenomenology is a philosophical method that examines the structures of human consciousness in order to describe how phenomena take place in space and time. Phenomenology explores how the world manifests to us through our senses and how we come to collectively agree on what makes phenomena recognizable and distinct. These concerns make phenomenology valuable to Transgender Studies, which analyzes how gendered phenomena are expressed and perceived. This entry examines areas of methodological and theoretical overlap between these two fields.

Defining Phenomenology

Broadly speaking, phenomenology investigates how the world appears to us and how our consciousness meshes with sensory environments to construct temporality, spatiality, memory, and affect, as well as perceptible objects and events. As a philosophical method, it does not treat objects in the world or the ...

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