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The Dangers of Reform: 'Normal Life: Administrative Violence, Critical Trans Politics, and the Limits of Law'

4 Pages Posted: 10 Sep 2012 Last revised: 27 Sep 2012

Jennifer Levi

Western New England University School of Law

Giovanna Shay

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: 2012

Abstract

Professors Jennifer Levi and Giovanna Shay review Dean Spade's new book "Normal Life: Administrative Violence, Critical Trans Politics, and the Limits of Law." They argue that Professor Spade's theoretical approach, which he describes as "critical trans politics," is most useful when employed to analyze issues relating to criminal punishment and mass incarceration, and that it is less appropriate as a critique of the marriage equality movement. Despite some areas of disagreement with Professor Spade, the Authors conclude that the book makes an important contribution.

Keywords: LGBTQ rights, law reform, prison reform, antidiscrimination laws, prison reform, marriage equality, same-sex couples, trans movement, transgender

Suggested Citation

Levi, Jennifer and Shay, Giovanna, The Dangers of Reform: 'Normal Life: Administrative Violence, Critical Trans Politics, and the Limits of Law' (2012). Women's Review of Books, July/Aug. 2012, p. 30 (2012); Western New England University School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 12-14. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2144326

Jennifer Levi

Western New England University School of Law ( email )

1215 Wilbraham Road
Springfield, MA 01119
United States

Giovanna E. Shay (Contact Author)

affiliation not provided to SSRN

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