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Diagnosing sex: Intersex surgery and ‘sex change’ in Britain 1930–1955

Griffiths, David (2018) Diagnosing sex: Intersex surgery and ‘sex change’ in Britain 1930–1955 Sexualities.

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Abstract

The medical ‘management’ of individuals with atypical sex characteristics, or intersex variations, has been under scrutiny since the beginnings of intersex activism in the 1990s. This article explores a history of intersex surgeries in Britain and the interaction with medical and popular discourses around ‘sex-change’ between 1930 and 1955. A focus on this period in Britain helps to critically elaborate on debates in intersex scholarship; provides historical context for the introduction of approaches and protocols based on John Money and colleagues’ work in the USA in the mid-century; and analyses a long history of tension and intersection between trans and intersex experiences, treatments, politics and popular representations that continue into the present.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Department of Sociology
Authors :
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Griffiths, Davidd.a.griffiths@surrey.ac.ukUNSPECIFIED
Date : 2018
Identification Number : 10.1177/1363460717740339
Copyright Disclaimer : © The Author(s) 2018
Contributors :
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http://www.loc.gov/loc.terms/relators/THSUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Uncontrolled Keywords : History; Intersex; Medicine; Surgery; Trans
Depositing User : Clive Harris
Date Deposited : 18 Jan 2018 13:39
Last Modified : 18 Jan 2018 13:39
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/845639

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