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Essay Law/Legal Nonfiction Reference/Guide/Manual Social Sciences

Laws As Tactics

By Dean Spade, 2011

This symposium invites us to consider the impact of Judith Butler’s work on legal scholarship in the area of gender and sexuality. I am interested in re flecting particularly on trans politics and law for two reasons. First, because Butler’s work has had such a significant impact on the emergence of the current iteration of trans politics of the 1 990s and 2000s. Second, because I believe there is a great deal more that Butler’s work can offe r to significant questions facing trans resistance for mations as the field of trans legal rights advocacy institutionalizes and as trans legal scholarship engages and responds to that institutionalization.

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