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- DescriptionChanging Sex takes a bold new approach to the study of transsexualism in the twentieth century. By addressing the significance of medical techlogy to the phemen of transsexualism, Bernice L. Hausman transforms current conceptions of transsexuality as a disorder of gender identity by showing how developments in medical kwledge and techlogy make possible the emergence of new subjectivities. Hausman's inquiry into the development of endocrilogy and plastic surgery shows how advances in medical kwledge were central to the establishment of the material and discursive conditions necessary to produce the demand for sex change-that is, to both make and think the transsexual. She also retraces the hidden history of the concept of gender, demonstrating that the semantic distinction between natural sex and social gender has its roots in the development of medical treatment practices for intersexuality-the condition of having physical characteristics of both sexes- in the 1950s. Her research reveals the medical institution's desire to make heterosexual subjects out of intersexuals and indicates how gender operates semiotically to maintain heterosexuality as the rm of the human body. In critically examining medical discourses, popularizations of medical theories, and transsexual autobiographies, Hausman details the elaboration of gender narratives that t only support the emergence of transsexualism, but also regulate the lives of all contemporary Western subjects. Changing Sex will change the ways we think about the relation between sex and gender, the body and sexual identity, and medical techlogy and the idea of the human.
- Author BiographyBernice L. Hausman is Assistant Professor of English at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Virginia.
- Author(s)Bernice L. Hausman
- PublisherDuke University Press
- Date of Publication30/06/1995
- SubjectGender Studies / Gay & Lesbian Studies
- Place of PublicationNorth Carolina
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintDuke University Press
- Content Note17 b&w photographs
- Weight440 g
- Width146 mm
- Height230 mm
- Spine17 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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