Dean Spade's 'Critical Trans Politics'

n his book, Normal Life, Spade uses critical race theory, women-of-color feminism, and other intellectual traditions to analyze the role of law reform in contemporary queer and trans politics. He examines the poverty, violence, criminalization and immigration-enforcement facing trans populations, and questions the utility of anti-discrimination law and hate-crimes laws for addressing these harms. He proposes that a critical trans politics is emerging that rejects law reform as a goal and engages tactically with legal work as it attempts to dismantle apparatuses of racialized-gendered violence like prisons and borders and build alternative structures that meaningfully address contemporary conditions of poverty and violence.

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