The Bodies, Borders, and Politics of Transition
Edited by Trystan Cotten
Routledge – 2012 – 198 pages
Transgender Migrations brings together a top-notch collection of emerging and established scholars to examine the way that the term "migration" can be used not only to look at the way trans bodies migrate from one gender to the (an?) other, but the way that trans people migrate in the larger geopolitical contexts of immigration reform, the war on terror, the war on drugs, and the increased policing of national borders.
The book centers trans-ing experiences, identities, and politics, and treats these identities as inextricably intertwined with other social identities, institutions, and discourses of sexuality, nationality, race and ethnicity, globalization, colonialism, and terrorism. The chapter authors explore not only the movement of bodies in, through, and across spaces and borders, but also chart the metamorphoses of these bodies in relation to migration and mobility.
Transgender Migrations takes the theory documented in The Transgender Studies Reader and blows it up to a global scale. It is the logical next step for scholarship in this dynamic, emerging field.
Introduction: Migration and Morphing
Trystan T. Cotten
Affective Alien(n)ations and (Re)territorialization
Chapter 1: Colorful Bodies in the Multikulti Metropolis: On the Neoliberal and Punitive Bases of Trans Vitality and Victimology in the Berlin Hate Crime Debate
Chapter 2: Forging "Moral Geographies": Law, Sexual Minorities and Internal Tensions in Northern Mexico Border Towns
Trans Aesthetics, Counterpublics and Spatiality
Chapter 3: Transgender Movement(s) and Beating the Straight Flush: Building an Art of Trans Washrooms
Chapter 4: Queer Exteriors: Transgender Aesthetics in Early Gay and Lesbian Travel Advertising
Chapter 5: Spider/City/Sex
Transectionalities: Mapping Multiple Migrations
Chapter 6: Passing for White, Passing for Man: Johnson’s The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man as Transgender Narrative
C. Riley Snorton
Chapter 7: Longevity and Limits in Rae Bourbon’s Life in Motion
Troubling Trans- and Queer Theory
Chapter 8: The Trans Travel Narrative: Provincializing Transsexuality
Chapter 9: TRANS/SCRIPTIONS: Home, (Trans)sexual Citizenship and Racialized Bodies
Trystan Cotten is Assistant Professor of Ethnic and Gender Studies at California State University--Stanislaus.