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Celebrating Recent Work by Tey Meadow

New Books in the Arts and Sciences

dateOctober 2, 2018 timeTuesday, 6:15pm EDT location The Heyman Center, Second Floor Common Room, Columbia University
  • Office of the Divisional Deans in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences
  • Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy
  • Department of Sociology
  • Free and open to the public
  • No registration necessary
  • First come, first seated
Cover of Trans Kids: Being Gendered in the Twenty-First Century by Tey Meadow

New Books in the Arts & Sciences:
Celebrating Recent Work by Tey Meadow

Trans Kids: Being Gendered in the Twenty-First Century
By: Tey Meadow

Trans Kids is a trenchant ethnographic and interview-based study of the first generation of families affirming and facilitating gender nonconformity in children. Earlier generations of parents sent such children for psychiatric treatment aimed at a cure, but today, many parents agree to call their children new names, allow them to wear whatever clothing they choose, and approach the state to alter the gender designation on their passports and birth certificates.

Drawing from sociology, philosophy, psychology, and sexuality studies, sociologist Tey Meadow depicts the intricate social processes that shape gender acquisition. Where once atypical gender expression was considered a failure of gender, now it is a form of gender. Engaging and rigorously argued, Trans Kids underscores the centrality of ever more particular configurations of gender in both our physical and psychological lives, and the increasing embeddedness of personal identities in social institutions.

  • Author Tey Meadow Assistant Professor of Sociology and Studies of Women, Gender and Sexuality Columbia University
  • Speaker Shamus Khan Professor of Sociology Columbia University
  • Speaker Ken Corbett Clinical Assistant Professor New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy
  • Speaker Julia Serano Writer, performer, activist, musician, and biologist