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Transgender Marxism

Transgender Marxism

Edited by Jules Joanne Gleeson and Elle O'Rourke

Foreword by Jordy Rosenberg

A watershed moment in transgender theory

The first collection of its kind, Transgender Marxism is a provocative and groundbreaking union of transgender studies and Marxist theory.

Exploring trans lives and movements, the authors delve into the experience of surviving as transgender under capitalism. They explore the pressures, oppression and state persecution faced by trans people living in capitalist societies, their tenuous positions in the workplace and the home, and give a powerful response to right-wing scaremongering against ‘gender ideology’.

Reflecting on the relations between gender and labour, these essays reveal the structure of antagonisms faced by gender non-conforming people within society. Looking at the history of transgender movements, Marxist interventions into developmental theory, psychoanalysis and workplace ethnography, the authors conclude that for trans liberation, capitalism must be abolished.

Jules Joanne Gleeson is a writer, comedian and historian. She has published essays in outlets including Viewpoint Magazine, Invert Journal and VICE, and performed internationally at a wide range of communist and queer cultural events.

Elle O’Rourke is a political economist and gender theorist currently researching critical theories of financialisation. She is co-founder of New Socialist, a magazine of left thought and commentary, where she serves as economics co-editor.

Jordy Rosenberg is the author of the acclaimed novel Confessions of the Fox (Atlantic Books, 2019).

'A terrific collection of essays - I couldn't put it down'

- Kathi Weeks, author of 'The Problem with Work' (Duke UP, 2011)

'A vibrant and much needed collection - not just for trans people - but the left in general'

- Shon Faye, author of 'The Transgender Issue' (Penguin, 2021)

'Stunning ... trans becomes in these pages the vibrant event of a historical materialism from below, intimate and urgent'

- Jules Gill-Peterson, author of 'Histories of the Transgender Child' (University of Minnesota Press, 2018)

'Powerful ... with stunning sophistication and insights, 'Transgender Marxism' challenges capitalism's social foundations in gendered patterns of property, work, and entitlement to develop new forms of sociality beyond the family and its dyadic sexual division'

- Petrus Liu, author of 'Queer Marxism in Two Chinas' (Duke University Press, 2015)

'Brilliant, thoughtfully researched, and compelling. An immense contribution to the trans liberation struggle and to trans studies scholarship'

- Dean Spade, Associate Professor of Law at Seattle University School of Law

'Is there a transgender Marxism? This pioneering collection shows that the answer is there are many - inspired by psychoanalysis, union organizing, queer communities, Black struggles and more. Material realities matter, tremendously, in trans lives; and trans experiences can change our thinking about both capitalism and liberation'

- Raewyn Connell, author of 'Gender: In World Perspective' (Polity, 2020)

‘A powerful contribution to the legacy of a Marx’

- ‘Anti-Capitalist Resistance’

‘This book provides the stepping-stones towards that much-needed Marxism, finally acknowledging the material realities and best strategies for all working class, oppressed trans people globally’

- ‘Ebb magazine’

Introduction - Jules Joanne Gleeson and Elle O'Rourke
1. Social Reproduction and Social Cognition: Theorizing (Trans)gender Identity Development in Community Context - Noah Zazanis (reproductive health research assistant, New York)
2. Trans Work: Employment Trajectories, Labour Discipline and Gender Freedom - Michelle O'Brien (New York University)
3. Judith Butler's Scientific Revolution: Foundations for a Transsexual Marxism - Rosa Lee (editor at Viewpoint Magazine)
4. How Do Gender Transitions Happen? - Jules Joanne Gleeson
5. A Queer Marxist Transfeminism: Queer and Trans Social Reproduction - Nat Raha (University of Sussex)
6. Notes from Brazil - Virginia Guitzel (philosophy student, Federal University of ABC)
7. Queer Workerism Against Work: Strategising Transgender Labourers, Social Reproduction & Class Formation - Kate Doyle Griffiths (lecturer, Brooklyn College and editor of Spectre Journal)
8. The Bridge between Gender and Organizing - Farah Thompson (Black, bisexual trans woman who does tech while living in San Diego)
9. Encounters in Lancaster - JN Hoad (DIY transsexual in the North West of the UK)
10. Transgender and Disabled Bodies - Between Pain and the Imaginary - Zoe Belinsky (independent scholar)
11. A Dialogue on Deleuze and Gender Difference - The Conspiratorial Association for the Advancement of Cultural Degeneracy (Cultural Degeneracy and Sacrilege - a pseudonymous dialogue between friends)
12. Seizing the Means: Towards a Trans Epistemology - Nathaniel Dickson (PhD candidate, University at Bufflalo)
13. 'Why Are We Like This?' The Primacy of Transsexuality - Xandra Metcalfe (psychoanalytic communist and noise artist based in Melbourne)
14. Cosmos Against Nature in the Class Struggle of Proletarian Trans Women - Anja Heisler Weiser Flower (artist living in San Francisco)
Afterword: One Utopia, One Dystopia - Jordy Rosenberg (Associate Professor, University of Massachusetts Amherst)
Notes on Contributors

Published by Pluto Press in May 2021
Paperback ISBN: 9780745341668
eBook ISBN: 9781786807335

135mm x 215mm

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