Gender Without Identity (Hardcover)

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Offers a radical theory of gender formation and its ongoing mutations

Gender Without Identity challenges the argument widely embraced by rights activists and many members of the LGBTQ+ community that gender identity is innate and immutable. Avgi Saketopoulou and Ann Pellegrini chart another path towards the flourishing of queer and trans life. Positing that the idea of an innate core gender identity is simplistic, problematic, and, even, potentially harmful to LGBTQ+ people, they instead argue that gender is something all subjects acquire.

Trauma, they provocatively propose, sometimes has a share in that acquisition. In their way of thinking, lived trauma as well as structural and intergenerationally transmitted traumatic debris may become a resource for transness and queerness. Such a suggestion importantly counters conservative accounts that identify trauma as disrupting or "warping" some putatively "normal" gender. Rooted in the work of French psychoanalyst Jean Laplanche, in queer and trans of color critique, and in the authors' extensive clinical experience with queer and trans people, Gender Without Identity offers a radical theory of gender formation and its ongoing mutations.

About the Author

Avgi Saketopoulou (Author) Avgi Saketopoulou is a psychoanalyst in private practice in NYC and a member of the faculty of NYU's Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. She is the author of Sexuality Beyond Consent: Risk, Race, Traumatophilia and in critical conversation with Dominique Scarfone in The Reality of the Message: Psychoanalysis in the Wake of Jean Laplanche. Ann Pellegrini (Author) Ann Pellegrini is Professor of Performance Studies & Social and Cultural Analysis at New York University, and a psychoanalyst in private practice. Their books include Performance Anxieties: Staging Psychoanalysis, Staging Race and Love the Sin: Sexual Regulation and the Limits of Religious Tolerance (co-authored with Janet R. Jakobsen).

Product Details
ISBN: 9781479836123
ISBN-10: 1479836125
Publisher: New York University Press
Publication Date: July 1st, 2024
Pages: 216
Language: English