Negotiating the Borders of the Gender Regime

Developments and Debates on Trans(sexuality) in the Federal Republic of Germany

While social change regarding trans(sexuality) has evolved within an expanding nexus of concepts, practices, regulations and institutions, this process has barely been analysed systematically. Against the background of legislative processes on gender recognition in a society shaped by heteronormative hegemony, Adrian de Silva traces how sexology, the law, federal politics and the trans movement interacted to generate or challenge concepts of trans(sexuality) from the mid-1960s to 2014 in the Federal Republic of Germany. The interdisciplinary study draws upon and contributes to debates in (trans)gender and queer studies, political science, sociology of law, sexology and the social movement.

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17 July 2018, 436 pages
ISBN: 978-3-8376-4441-8

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Adrian de Silva

Adrian de Silva, Université du Luxembourg, Luxemburg

1. Why did you chose this topic?

My book shows how struggles over legal gender recognition and trans-related healthcare in the Federal Republic of Germany from the 1960s to 2014 contributed to producing and challenging concepts, practices and procedures that delegitimise or enable trans(sexual) subjects as socially viable embodiments of gender. The study also offers insights into how the gender regime sustained itself in historically-specific ways in the time and space outlined above despite being contested.

2. What new perspectives does your book offer?

The theoretical framework of heteronormative hegemony and axioms of sophisticated feminist theories of the state allows conceptualising social and institutional dimensions of the abovementioned processes. In contrast to studies with a monodisciplinary focus, the interdisciplinary approach captures the complex interactions within and between sexology, the law, federal politics and the trans movement. The study also contributes to research on the social movement from the late 1990s to 2014.

3. What makes your topic relevant for current research debates?

The book consistently shows how the (re-)production of socially acceptable genders and historically-specific regulations of homosexuality presupposed the marginalisation and discrimination of trans, evoking resistance in their wake. The study offers a critical reflection of hegemonic assumptions on gender and sexuality that governed and, to a lesser extent, continue to shape the production of knowledge in sexology, the law and politics and its regulatory effects in a rapidly changing field.

4. Choose one person you would like to discuss your book with!

I would like to discuss this book with students and researchers in transgender, gender and queer studies, sexology, law, sociology of law, political sociology and political science and activists and practitioners interested in issues related to (trans)gender and basically anybody passionate about making the world a more hospitable place for diverse genders.

5. Your book summary in one sentence:

Developments in sexology, the law, politics and the trans movement show that trans, gender and heteronormative hegemony are relational and dynamic social constructions.

Adrian de Silva
Book title
Negotiating the Borders of the Gender Regime Developments and Debates on Trans(sexuality) in the Federal Republic of Germany
transcript Verlag
kart., Klebebindung
Commodity Group
SOC032000 SOC012000 SOC022000
Release date
17 July 2018
Geschlecht, Körper
Gender Studies, Queer Studies, Sociology, Law, Sexology, Political Science as well as activists, policy makers, and medical practitioners
Transgender, Gender, Queer, Sociology of Law, Post-war Germany, Social Movement, Trans Movement, Social Change, Sexology, Transsexuality, Body, Gender Studies, Queer Theory, Cultural Studies

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