Elusive subjects: Notes on the relationship between critical political economy and trans studies
As I elaborated a definition of neoliberalism to my Transgender Human Rights class, a student asked bluntly, "What does the economy have to do with trans rights?" Her classmates sat up with rapt attention, anxiously awaiting the answer. I responded by uttering a single word: "everything." I wish my tone had been more even to articulate the importance of considering political economy when theorizing trans identities and politics. It was not. Instead, the word reflected exasperation and trailed off. If the answer to her question was obvious, a single word answer may have been persuasive; however, the question begs a more detailed response-how does political economy relate to transgender identities and experiences?.
Irving, D. (2012). Elusive subjects: Notes on the relationship between critical political economy and trans studies.