The pedagogy and performance of sci:dentities

Catherine McNamara, Alison Rooke

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Society dictates that people fall into one of two sexual identities: male or female. For some people, though, sex is not so clear-cut. They may have an intersex condition or feel that there is a mismatch between their biological sex and the gender they perceive themselves to be. Catherine McNamara and Alison Rooke describe here a project in which a group of transsexual and transgendered young people were able to explore textendash and challenge textendash the biological determinants and medical understanding of sex and gender, and also to express their perceptions through performance. As well as helping the young people to make more sense of their sexed and gendered identities, the project enabled them to communicate a picture of transgendered lived experience that goes beyond limited scientific and medical descriptions.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCreative Encounters: New Conversations in Science, Education and the Arts
EditorsRalph Levinson, Helen Nicholson
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherWellcome Trust
Number of pages20
ISBN (Print)9781841290775
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2008


  • gender, trans, applied, youth, science


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