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Self-Made Men: Identity and Embodiment Among Transsexual Men #2020

Self Made Men Identity and Embodiment Among Transsexual Men In Self Made Men Henry Rubin explores the production of male identities in the lives of twenty two FTM transsexuals people who have changed their sex from female to male The author relates the compel

  • Title: Self-Made Men: Identity and Embodiment Among Transsexual Men
  • Author: Henry Rubin
  • ISBN: 9780826514356
  • Page: 451
  • Format: Paperback
  • Self-Made Men: Identity and Embodiment Among Transsexual Men By Henry Rubin, In Self Made Men, Henry Rubin explores the production of male identities in the lives of twenty two FTM transsexuals people who have changed their sex from female to male The author relates the compelling personal narratives of his subjects to the historical emergence of FTM as an identity category In the interviews that form the heart of the book, the FTMs speak aboutIn Self Made Men, Henry Rubin explores the production of male identities in the lives of twenty two FTM transsexuals people who have changed their sex from female to male The author relates the compelling personal narratives of his subjects to the historical emergence of FTM as an identity category In the interviews that form the heart of the book, the FTMs speak about their struggles to define themselves and their diverse experiences, from the pressures of gender conformity in adolescence to being mistaken for butch lesbians, from hormone treatments and surgeries to relationships with families, partners, and acquaintances Their stories of feeling betrayed by their bodies and of undergoing a second puberty are vivid and thought provoking Throughout the interviews, the subjects claims to having core male identities are remarkably consistent and thus challenge anti essentialist assumptions in current theories of gender, embodiment, and identity.Rubin uses two key methods to analyze and interpret his findings Adapting Foucault s notions of genealogy, he highlights the social construction of gender categories and identities His account of the history of endocrinology and medical technologies for transforming bodies demonstrates that the family resemblance between transsexuals and intersexuals was a necessary postulate for medical intervention into the lives of the emerging FTMs The book also explores the historical emergence of the category of FTM transsexual as distinguished from the category of lesbian woman and the resultant border disputes over identity between the two groups Rubin complements this approach with phenomenological concepts that stress the importance of lived experience and the individual s capacity for knowledge and action.An important contribution to several fields, including sociology of the body, gender and masculinity, human development, and the history of science, Self Made Me will be of interest to anyone who has seriously pondered what it means to be a man and how men become men.

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    1. As an earlier review states, it is true that Henry Rubin s book reads like a text book At the same time, this is book is brilliant The qualitative research and analysis in this text does what other books on transgender, FTM, and gender theory fail to do Rubin explains that while gender itself is a fiction, it is also a valid form of expression so long as people choose to make sense of their lives through the lens of gender.

    2. Libro impegnativo a cavallo tra un trattatello di cosiologia antropologia e filosofia Attraversa le teorizzazioni del genere e l identit maschile negli ftm piu per via teoria che attraverso le loro testimonianze anche se da l che parte Quella che ci viene offerta una teorizzazione elaborata dalla raccolta di testimonianze ed un excursus sui filosofi e studiosi del genere degli ultimi 20 anni Un libro impegnativo e per addetti ai lavori.

    3. Fresh perspectives, respectful of its subjects, accessible, illuminating and incredibly validating Best book I ve read on the FtM experience.

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