Normal Life: Administrative Violence, Critical Trans Politics, and the Limits of Law
Dean Spade is an Assistant Professor at the Seattle University School of Law. In 2002, Spade founded the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, a nonprofit law collective that provides free legal services to transgender, intersex, and gender non-conforming people who are low-income and/or people of color. For more writing by Dean Spade, see http://www.deanspade.net.
Trans Law and Politics on a Neoliberal Landscape
This chapter investigates the contemporary political, economic, and social conditions that are shaping emerging social movements, including trans resistance. It introduces the term “neoliberalism” to describe these conditions. It examines how social movements have conservatized in recent decades, using the development of a lesbian and gay rights movement focused on legal recognition through marriage and military service as an example and suggesting that trans politics might learn from these developments and avoid these pitfalls.