Includes contributions from an international roster of scholars across three continents
Provides analyses that intersect gender, cultural, media, literature, and medical studies
Provides alternative ways of thinking about individuals with intersex variations
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Table of contents (15 chapters)
About this book
This edited collection interrogates how social and cultural representations of individuals with intersex variations impact how they are understood and treated from legal and medical perspectives across the world. Contributors consider how novelists, filmmakers, artists, and medical professionals have represented people with intersex variations, and highlight the importance of ethical representation and autonomy to encourage wider cultural and medical knowledge of intersex variations as a naturally occurring phenomenon. The text also examines the ways in which individuals with intersex variations are represented and viewed in India, Italy, Pakistan and Israel, as well as how this impacts decision making for the individuals, families and medical providers. This book argues that reactions to intersex variations will not change unless they are no longer presented as treatable disorders. It positions representation at the forefront, shifting the emphasis away from a concern for maintaining gender norms to upholding the human rights of intersex people.
This volume will be of interest to researchers and scholars in intersex studies as well as policymakers and activists.
- gender binary
- genital surgery
- gender assignment
Editors and Affiliations
School of English and Journalism, University of Lincoln, Lincoln, UK
About the editor
Megan Walker is an Associate Lecturer at the University of Lincoln, United Kingdom. Her research focuses on exploring intersex narratives in a range of texts and she has a keen interest in further developing intersex knowledge, visibility and acceptance in academia and beyond.
Book Title: Interdisciplinary and Global Perspectives on Intersex
Editors: Megan Walker
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Cham
eBook Packages: Social Sciences, Social Sciences (R0)
Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2022
Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-91474-5Published: 25 January 2022
Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-91477-6Published: 26 January 2023
eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-91475-2Published: 24 January 2022
Edition Number: 1
Number of Pages: XV, 284
Topics: Sociology of the Body, Sexuality Studies, Gender Studies, Queer Studies, Media and Gender, Gender and Health