Transgender History (Seal Studies)

by Susan Stryker

Paperback, 2008


Checked out


Seal Press (2008), Edition: First Printing, 208 pages


A timely second edition of the classic text on transgender history, with a new introduction and updated material throughout Covering American transgender history from the mid-twentieth century to today, Transgender History takes a chronological approach to the subject of transgender history, with each chapter covering major movements, writings, and events. Chapters cover the transsexual and transvestite communities in the years following World War II; trans radicalism and social change, which spanned from 1966 with the publication of The Transsexual Phenomenon, and lasted through the early 1970s; the mid-'70s to 1990-the era of identity politics and the changes witnessed in trans circles through these years; and the gender issues witnessed through the '90s and '00s. Transgender History includes informative sidebars highlighting quotes from major texts and speeches in transgender history and brief biographies of key players, plus excerpts from transgender memoirs and discussion of treatments of transgenderism in popular culture.… (more)

User reviews

LibraryThing member Gwendydd
This is an interesting history of transgender rights. I think the most useful information I got out of it was an understanding of the relationships between various groups of people and various rights movements: how drag, gay, and feminist communities interact with the trans community. There are a lot of complex issues involved, and this book gave me a good understanding of why various groups do and do not support trans rights.… (more)
LibraryThing member bness2
Well written and fascinating. I learned some things about the history of transgenderism that I had never heard before. Notably, cooperation among gay and lesbian advocates and transgendered individuals, until very recently was poor. Feminists also have been deeply split in their support for the transgender community, some adamantly support the belief that transgenderism is merely a social/moral issue and should not be tolerated.… (more)
LibraryThing member b.masonjudy
Transgender History is a lucid and compelling account of the history of Transgender activism in the US. I hadn't realized the depth and breadth of the struggle until reading Stryker's book. I can't imagine a more important book to be reading in such a time as this in the United States.


Original language


Original publication date


Physical description

208 p.; 8.28 inches


158005224X / 9781580052245
Page: 0.1996 seconds