The role of medicine in the (Trans)formation of 'Wrong' bodies

Nikki Sullivan

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The trope of the 'wrong body' is at once a universalizing concept and one which functions variously in relation to different modes of embodiment and different surgical procedures. The 'wrong body' is always something more than simply a metaphor consciously and strategically employed by those seeking access to 'corrective' surgeries of one sort or another. This article aims to interrogate the discursive and phenomenological effects of the trope of the 'wrong' body, as they are lived by those identifying as transsexual and those who refer to themselves as self-demand amputees or wannabes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)105-116
Number of pages12
JournalBody and Society
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2008


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