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Palgrave Macmillan

Gender Diversity, Recognition and Citizenship

Towards a Politics of Difference

ISBN 9780230271890
Publication Date November 2013
Formats Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Series Citizenship, Gender and Diversity

The question of 'recognition' motivates a range of contemporary social movements and forms the backdrop to legal and policy change, and theoretical and political debate. This timely book draws on original research to examine the meanings and significance of, and contestations around, recognition in relation to the aptly named UK 'Gender Recognition Act'. Gender Diversity, Recognition and Citizenship: Towards a Politics of Difference considers changing UK law and policy around gender diversity within the context of broader social, cultural, legal, political, theoretical, and policy shifts concerning gender and sexuality. In bringing together a wide range of critical interdisciplinary perspectives, and by addressing key debates about inclusion, equality, diversity, human rights and citizenship, the book examines gaps between law and policy, and everyday experiences and understandings of social justice. Through a critical engagement with a politics of recognition, Gender Diversity, Recognition and Citizenship instates the value of a 'politics of difference'.

Sally Hines is Associate Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies, and Director of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Gender Studies, at the University of Leeds, UK. Her recent publications include TransForming Gender: Transgender Practices of Identity, Intimacy and Care, Sexualities: Reflections and Futures (co-edited with Yvette Taylor) and Theorising Intersectionality and Sexuality (co-edited with Yvette Taylor and Mark Casey).

1. Theorising Recognition
2. Moving for Recognition
3. Recognition, Misrecognition and Human Rights
4. Claiming and Contesting Recognition
5. Recognising and Regulating Intimate Diversity
6. Governing Diversity
7. From Recognition to a Politics of Difference


'A wonderful, scholarly elaboration of a politics of difference, carefully argued and grounded in the claims and experiences of transgender people.' - Fiona Williams, Professor of Social Policy, University of Leeds, UK
'In a nuanced and vivid account of trans people's engagements with gender recognition law, Hines offers important new reflections on the politics of recognition and difference.' - Davina Cooper, Professor of Law & Political Theory, University of Kent, UK
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