Transgender Marxism edited by Jules Joanne Gleeson and Elle O'Rourke

Transgender Marxism edited by Jules Joanne Gleeson and Elle O'Rourke


The first collection of its kind, Transgender Marxism is a provocative and groundbreaking union of transgender studies and Marxist theory.

Exploring trans lives and movements, the authors delve into the experience of surviving as transgender considering the totality of gendered experience under capitalism. They explore the pressures, oppression and state persecution faced by trans people living in capitalist societies, how they survive the damage done through their tenuous position in the workplace and the home, and give a powerful response to right-wing scaremongering against 'gender ideology'.

Reflecting on the relations between gender and labour, they show how antagonisms faced by gender non-conforming people are structured within society. Looking at the history of transgender movements, historical materialist interventions into developmental theory, psychoanalytic speculation and workplace ethnography, the authors ultimately conclude that for trans liberation, capitalism must be abolished.




'A vibrant and much needed collection - not just for trans people - but the left in general.' - Shon Faye


'A terrific collection of essays - I couldn't put it down.' - Kathi Weeks, 


'Is there a transgender Marxism? This pioneering collection shows that the answer is there are many - inspired by psychoanalysis, union organizing, queer communities, Black struggles and more. Material realities matter, tremendously, in trans lives; and trans experiences can change our thinking about both capitalism and liberation.' - Raewyn Connell 


'Stunning ... trans becomes in these pages the vibrant event of a historical materialism from below, intimate and urgent.' - Jules Gill-Peterson


'Powerful ... with stunning sophistication and insights, Transgender Marxism challenges capitalism's social foundations in gendered patterns of property, work, and entitlement to develop new forms of sociality beyond the family and its dyadic sexual division' - Petrus Liu


'Brilliant, thoughtfully researched, and compelling. An immense contribution to the trans liberation struggle and to trans studies scholarship.' - Dean Spade

  • Details

    Imprint: Pluto Press

    Publication Date: 20 May 2021

    ISBN: 9780745341668

    Pages: 320

    Format: Paperback

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