Normal Life: Administrative Violence, Critical Trans Politics and the Limits of Law raises revelatory critiques of the current strategies pivoting solely on a legal rights framework, but also points to examples of an organized grassroots trans movement that is demanding the most essential of legal reforms in addition to making more comprehensive interventions into dangerous systems of repression—and the administrative violence that ultimately determines our life chances. Setting forth a politic that goes beyond the quest for mere legal inclusion, Normal Life is an urgent call for justice and trans liberation, and the radical transformations it will require.
right now, if there was any one book i could convince everyone to read would be normal life. i’ve been reading/thinking a lot about the justice system, and reading a lot about what is going on in the united states. another really accessible look at some of the incredibly punitive aspects of the legal system in the united states is this episode of NPR’s this american life.