Klein, Thamar ORCID: 0000-0002-4815-5031 (2014). Queering Biopolitics: Normation and Resilience of South African Trans*-gendered Citizens. In: Queering Paradigms IV: South-North Dialogues on Queer Epistemologies, Embodiments and Activisms, pp. 270-300. Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Wien: Peter Lang. ISBN 978-3-0353-9751-2

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I have long been intrigued by diversity, taxonomies, the (re-)configuration of socio-cultural norms, and the manifold possibilities for social organization. When, in 2005, a German trans* friend of mine faced the threat of infringements to her reproductive rights due to German biopolitics, I started to look for examples of best practices abroad. At the time, I found the most progressive legal role model to be in the Global South, specifically in South Africa. This aroused my curiosity and prompted me to carry out further research in that country. This chapter, therefore, discusses the power dynamics between global and local classificatory systems regarding trans*sexuality in South Africa – with specific interest in the politics of gender classification along the Global North / South axis. It investigates how these politics and dynamics produce normation constraints, and how South African trans* citizens challenge such constraints with recourse to local as well as global agency. Of particular interest in this regard is South Africa’s history of apartheid (racialized segregation) and its role in the generation of diverse gender concepts. Keeping the diversity of South African trans* citizens in mind and reflecting on the shifting constellations between the state and its subjects in the gender-defining process undergone and undertaken by its citizens, this chapter explores the intersection of international, national, and local influences on trans* identity-making in South Africa.

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Klein, Thamartklein11@uni-koeln.deorcid.org/0000-0002-4815-503195516282
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URN: urn:nbn:de:hbz:38-497037
Title of Book: Queering Paradigms IV: South-North Dialogues on Queer Epistemologies, Embodiments and Activisms
Series Name: Queering Paradigms
Volume: 4
Page Range: pp. 270-300
Number of Pages: 298
Date: 2014
Publisher: Peter Lang
Place of Publication: Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Wien
ISBN: 978-3-0353-9751-2
Language: English
Faculty: Faculty of Human Sciences
Divisions: Faculty of Human Sciences > Department Erziehungs- und Sozialwissenschaften > Institut für vergleichende Bildungsforschung und Sozialwissenschaften
Subjects: Social sciences
Customs, etiquette, folklore
Medical sciences Medicine
Uncontrolled Keywords:
Wissenschaft; Gesellschaft und KulturUNSPECIFIED
Refereed: Yes
URI: http://kups.ub.uni-koeln.de/id/eprint/49703


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