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Normal Life: Administrative Violence, Critical Trans Politics and the Limits of Law Paperback – December 6, 2011

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"Normal Life should be read, not only by legal scholars and trans activists, but by everyone who is interested in challenging capitalism, colonialism, racism and patriarchy in the 21st century." —Angela Y. Davis, author, activist, and Professor Emerita, History of Consciousness, UC Santa Cruz

“An invaluable resource not just for rethinking gender justice, but for rethinking how we do social justice organizing in general.” —Andrea Smith, author of Conquest: Sexual Violence and American Indian Genocide

“Sharply political, deeply intellectual, broadly accessible, Normal Life is exactly what we need right now.” —Lisa Duggan, author of The Twilight of Equality?: Neoliberalism, Cultural Politics, and the Attack on Democracy

“This street-smart and theoretically sophisticated little book should be required reading for all would-be radicals looking for practical ways to build a better future." —Susan Stryker, Associate Professor, Gender Studies, Indiana University-Bloomington

“Original, visionary, urgent, and brilliantly argued.” —Urvashi Vaid, author of Virtual Equality: The Mainstreaming of Gay and Lesbian Liberation

About the Author

Currently on the faculty of Seattle University, Dean Spade has taught at Columbia and Harvard Law Schools and was a Williams Institute Law Teaching Fellow at UCLA Law School. He focuses on classes related to sexual orientation and gender identity law and law and social movements.

In 2002, Spade founded the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, a non-profit law collective that provides free legal services to transgender, intersex and gender non-conforming people who are low-income and/or people of color. SRLP also engages in litigation, policy reform and public education on issues affecting these communities and operates on a collective governance model, prioritizing the governance and leadership of trans, intersex, and gender variant people of color. From 1998-2006, Dean co-edited the paper and online zine Make. Dean is currently the co-editor of the online journal Enough, which focuses on the personal politics of wealth redistribution.

Spade was awarded the prestigious Dukeminier Award for his 2008 article "Documenting Gender" and the 2009-2010 Haywood Burns Chair at CUNY Law School, and was selected to give the 2009-2010 James A. Thomas Lecture at Yale.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: South End Press; 11.6.2011 edition (December 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0896087964
  • ISBN-13: 978-0896087965
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #539,241 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A phenomenal exploration of an often-invisibilized topic. Well written, concise, and bitingly clear about what needs to change. A radical re-envisioning necessary for anyone who is invested (or even interested) in LGBTQI issues. I cannot recommend highly enough!
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I cannot possibly recommend this book highly enough. It will change how you view the LGBTQI justice movement, U.S. politics, and countless social institutions in the U.S. Should be standard reading in poli sci and queer theory classrooms everywhere.
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For anyone looking to do real work in the world this is a "must read"! This is a clear concise guide for activists, students and would be non profit directors.
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This text is an excellent way to understand new ways of thinking about transgender life in the U.S.. If you are unfamiliar with the subject, this text will help open your eyes and probably challenge your beliefs about gender as well as where the problems might lie in terms of poverty, hate, and violence. Dean is rather transparently against capitalism in all it's faces, which is refreshing, but if you have a deeper understanding of economics, you might not be able to take all she says in (granted, if you are a disciple of Wolff that may not be true at all). Dean here gives an excellent introduction or advanced view of ALL things transgender, though it might be said that he claims to represent non-white transgender a bit more than he actually does. Regardless, I heartily recommend this text to anyone with a mind open enough to read it. Enjoy it for what it is, I know I did.
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