Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Beyond whiteness and ideal masculinity; expanding transgendered identity
by Lair, Liam Oliver, M.A., Roosevelt University, 2009, 60; 1463805
Abstract (Summary)

This thesis explores the role of whiteness in the construction of transgender subject narratives in the U.S. I examine the ways that transgender (trans) narratives valorize immutable, white, heterosexual masculinity and through that valorization, uphold and perpetuate hegemonic race, gender, and sexual norms. I want to disrupt the assumptions of the white male subject, of essentialized (and idealized) white masculinity within dominant trans narratives, and focus on the effect of whiteness and white privilege within these narratives. In addition to looking at how race "complicates" the assumed white subject, I focus on and complicate whiteness itself. While I recognize the presence of identity-based politics in trans narratives, and in the larger scholarship concerning these narratives, poststructuralism will function as my analytical framework. In articulating how whiteness operates in trans narratives, I will also search for the spaces that allow for recognizing the interplay of racial identity and (trans)gendered subjectivity.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Brecke, Carrie
Commitee: Brigham, Ann
School: Roosevelt University
Department: Women's and Gender Studies
School Location: United States -- Illinois
Source: MAI 47/05M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Ethnic studies, Gender studies
Keywords: FTM, Intersectionality, Masculinity, Race, Transgender, Whiteness
Publication Number: 1463805
ISBN: 978-1-109-11321-1
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