The new edition of Key Concepts in Gender Studies is a lively and engaging introduction to this dynamic field. Thoroughly revised throughout, the second edition benefits from the addition of nine new concepts including Gender Social Movements, Intersectionality and Mainstreaming. Each of the entries: • begins with a concise definition • outlines the history of each term and the debates surrounding it • includes illustrations of how the concept has been applied within the field • offers examples which allow a critical re-evaluation of the concept • is cross-referenced with the other key concepts • ends with guidance on further reading. A must-buy for undergraduate and postgraduate students in a range of social science and humanities disciplines.



Transgender denotes an identity, a politics, and derives its theoretical impetus from queer theory. The term transgender embraces a number of non-normative gender identities, ranging from transsexual individuals who have had medical procedures, through those who spend their lives ‘passing’ as the opposite sex, those identified as ‘intersex’, to those who occasionally cross-dress, and everything in between. Writers such as Leslie Feinberg, in the pamphlet Transgender Liberation: A Movement Whose Time Has Come ([1992] also collected in Stryker and Whittle (2006), chart the long history of transgender acceptance across many cultures and see current oppressive forces as a feature of Western capitalist patriarchal power structures. Feinberg charts a prehistory of transgender experience in native American communities, the life of Joan of Arc and the ...

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