Beginning to reconcile the meaning of the contradiction at the heart of trans historiography requires two methodological insights. The first is a qualified recommitment to trans studies' partial global turn with a fervently anticolonial edge that recognizes the basic coloniality of trans as category. The second is a practice of historical political economy that can situate contemporary transness within longue durée colonial histories of class formation, social relation, and capital accumulation. Taken in tandem, these approaches demonstrate the need for scholarship that denaturalizes the category of trans and reinterrogates its economic and scholarly value if trans studies is to find a future that addresses its much-critiqued Eurocentrism and whiteness.

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