Expertise and Non-binary Bodies: Sex, Gender and the Case of Dutee Chand

  title={Expertise and Non-binary Bodies: Sex, Gender and the Case of Dutee Chand},
  author={Madeleine Pape},
  journal={Body \& Society},
  pages={28 - 3}
How do institutions respond to expert contests over epistemologies of sex and gender? In this article, I consider how epistemological ascendancy in debates over the regulation of women athletes with high testosterone is established within a legal setting. Approaching regulation as an institutional act that defines forms of embodied difference, the legitimacy of which may be called into question, I show how sexed bodies are enacted through and as part of determinations of expertise. I focus on… Expand
‘We Are Equal but Different’: Challenging Compulsory Heterosexuality by Intersexual Female Athletes in the World of Sport
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Beyond Physiology: Embodied Experience, Embodied Advantage, and the Inclusion of Transgender Athletes in Competitive Sport
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Policy Debates on Pension Reform in Chile: Economists, Masculinity and the Mobilization of Strategic Ignorance
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Safeguarding in sports settings: unpacking a conflicting identity
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Index to Volume 25, 2019
  • Body & Society
  • 2019


The Powers of Testosterone: Obscuring Race and Regional Bias in the Regulation of Women Athletes
Abstract:Using strategies from critical race studies and feminist studies of science, medicine, and the body, we examine the covert operation of race and region in a regulation restricting theExpand
Sexing the Body: Gender Politics and the Construction of Sexuality
Why do some people prefer heterosexual love while others fancy the same sex? Is sexual identity biologically determined or a product of convention? In this brilliant and provocative book, theExpand
Doing Gender, Determining Gender
This article explores “determining gender,” the umbrella term for social practices of placing others in gender categories. We draw on three case studies showcasing moments of conflict over who countsExpand
No Way Out of the Binary: A Critical History of the Scientific Production of Sex
  • Veronica Sanz
  • Sociology
  • Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society
  • 2017
This article examines the concept of sex as a biological “fact” in Western science from the eighteenth century to the present and, in particular, how the binary definition of sex has been maintainedExpand
Spectacles and Scholarship: Caster Semenya, Intersex Studies, and the Problem of Race in Feminist Theory
  • Zine Magubane
  • Sociology
  • Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society
  • 2014
In this essay I use the case of Caster Semenya, a South African sprinter forced to undergo gender verification testing in 2008, as a point of entry for looking at the role that race and nation haveExpand
Transsexual Bodies at the Olympics: The International Olympic Committee's Policy on Transsexual Athletes at the 2004 Athens Summer Games
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has always been plagued by what queer theorist Judith Butler calls gender trouble. In 2000, the IOC discontinued their practice of sex-testing becauseExpand
Gender Verifications in Sport: From an East/West Antagonism to a North/South Antagonism
This paper aims to analyze gender verifications in sport from a socio-historical approach. These medical controls intended to keep men from competing in women's international competitions. SomeExpand
“A Rose is a Rose”
Gender is perhaps the most pervasive, fundamental, and universally accepted way we separate and categorize human beings. Yet in recent years, U.S. courts and administrative state agencies haveExpand
Introduction – Bodies on Trial: Performances and Politics in Medicine and Biology
This special issue, devoted to the question of the body in medicine and biology, brings together a group of authors whose roots lie within the field of science and technology studies (STS), and atExpand
Out of Bounds? A Critique of the New Policies on Hyperandrogenism in Elite Female Athletes
The new policies in response to Caster Semenya's case are questioned on three grounds: the underlying scientific assumptions; the policymaking process; and the potential to achieve fairness for female athletes. Expand