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Agnes Goes to Prison: Transgender Inmates, "Clocking", and the Olympics of Gender Authority

Monday, September 26, 2011
4:00 AM
2239 Lane Hall

Sarah Fenstermaker, Sociology and Feminist Studies, UC Santa Barbara

This talk draws on a larger project focused on transgender inmates in California Men’s prisons. It examines the ways in which transgender inmates navigate a prison world in which they assert their femininity with very specific motivations and consequences. The dynamics of their seeking affirmation of “natural” womanly qualities in an environment where “everyone knows” is explored for its relevance to gender theory.
Professor Fenstermaker is Director of the Institute for Social, Behavioral and Economic Research at the University of California, Santa Barbara.