Undoing Theory: The “Transgender Question” and the Epistemic Violence of Anglo-American Feminist Theory
Article first published online: 16 JUL 2009
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Special Issue: Transgender Studies and Feminism: Theory, Politics, and Gendered Realities
Volume 24, Issue 3, pages 11–32, Summer 2009
How to Cite
NAMASTE, V. (2009), Undoing Theory: The “Transgender Question” and the Epistemic Violence of Anglo-American Feminist Theory. Hypatia, 24: 11–32. doi: 10.1111/j.1527-2001.2009.01043.x
- Issue published online: 16 JUL 2009
- Article first published online: 16 JUL 2009
For nearly twenty years, Anglo-American feminist theory has posed its own epistemological questions by looking at the lives and bodies of transsexuals and transvestites. This paper examines the impact of such scholarship on improving the everyday lives of the people central to such feminist argumentation. Drawing on indigenous scholarship and activisms, I conclude with a consideration of some central principles necessary to engage in feminist research and theory—to involve marginal people in the production of knowledge and to transform the knowledge-production process itself.