Undoing Theory: The “Transgender Question” and the Epistemic Violence of Anglo-American Feminist Theory

@article{Namaste2009UndoingTT,
  title={Undoing Theory: The “Transgender Question” and the Epistemic Violence of Anglo-American Feminist Theory},
  author={Viviane Namaste},
  journal={Hypatia},
  year={2009},
  volume={24},
  pages={11 - 32}
}
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… 

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