Telling Body Transgendering Stories

Richard Ekins, Dave King

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This chapter re-frames our earlier work on cross-dressing and sex- changing in terms of the ‘narrative turn’ (Maines 1993; Maines and Ulmer 1993) in contemporary social science and cultural theory. Elsewhere, we have analyzed two decades of fieldwork, life history work, archival work and contact with several thousand cross-dressers and sex-changers in terms of a qualitative sociology and social psychology principally indebted to symbolic interactionism, historical analysis and grounded theory (for example, Ekins 1983; 1993; 1997; King 1981; 1993; Ekins and King 1996a; 1998). Here, we draw upon Plummer’s work on ‘sexual stories’ (Plummer 1995; 1996) in order to consider contemporary transgender diversity in terms of a number of conceptually distinct ‘narratives of transgendering’ that we have discerned in our research into contemporary cross-dressing and sex-changing in Western Europe, North America, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationConstructing Gendered Bodies
EditorsK Milburn, L. McKie
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan UK
ISBN (Electronic)978-0-230-29420-2
ISBN (Print)978-0-333-77461-8
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 2001


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