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Trans Kids: Being Gendered in the Twenty-First Century

October 02, 2018


The Heyman Center, Second Floor Common Room

Event Type: 

New Books in the Arts & Sciences

Celebrating Recent Work by Tey Meadow

Tuesday, October 2, 2018  6:15pmThe Heyman Center, Second Floor Common Room




Free and open to the public

No registration necessary

First come, first seated


The Society of Fellows and Heyman Center for the Humanities

Office of the Divisional Deans in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy

Department of Sociology


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



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