Trans* Identities and Politics: Repertoires of Action, Political Cleavages, and Emerging Coalitions

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Trans* Identities and Politics: Repertoires of Action, Political Cleavages, and Emerging Coalitions


  • Gustavo Santos Elpes Centre for Social Studies, University of Coimbra, Portugal


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Abstract:  The current political landscape provides collective actors with new strategies to articulate individual interests, hardships, identities, critiques, and solutions, engage with social mobilisation’s conflictual demands, and move towards sustainable practices of collective actions. This article will focus on theoretical challenges surrounding the political action and organization of feminist and trans* identities in order to provide situated knowledge about the dynamics of the transfeminist activism in the Madrilenian geopolitical context. Throughout LGBT*Q+ activists’ integrated forms of doing politics along different axes of oppression (e.g., class, migration, racialisation, disability, ethnicity, gender diversity), new visibility regimes are trying to expand the repertoires of action by nurturing emerging coalitions and agencies among a variety of hybrid political subjects. This article thus argues that trans* politics, through nonbinary activism and a new intersectional feminist praxis, may expand the political subject of feminism and our understanding of identity politics and embodied action.

Keywords:  activism; disability; intersectionality; social mobilisation; Spain; transfeminism

Published:   18 September 2020


DOI: https://doi.org/10.17645/pag.v8i3.2927


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