ARTICLE | Queer Theory: Queer Children and Childhoods | The Year’s Work in Critical and Cultural Theory | by Jennifer L. Miller
“Queer Theory: Queer Children and Childhoods”
by Jennifer L. Miller
The Year’s Work in Critical and Cultural Theory (2020)
This year’s review of queer theory focuses on recent scholarship about transgender youth. Most of the scholarship reviewed in this chapter defines transgender expansively to include any identifications and/or expressions of gender that trouble dyadic sex-gender ideologies. Additionally, the scholarship reviewed in this chapter evinces a collapse of scholarship and activism by investing in scholarship as activism. Although queer theory is not often heralded for its use in taking a pragmatic approach to social change, the majority of theorists discussed in the chapter do in fact make practical recommendations for justice-oriented social policy and practice changes that would radically improve the lives of transgender youth. Even more, most of the scholars discussed in this chapter are themselves transgender and are committed to creating a world were trans lives can flourish. They resist liberal accommodation models of trans inclusion and instead theorize what meaningful structural change would look like. The chapter is divided into five sections: 1. Introduction: Queer Kids; 2. Queer Gender Now; 3. Queer Youth Now; 4. Transgender Youth In and Out of History; and 5. Conclusion.
Miller, Jennifer L. “Queer Theory: Queer Children and Childhoods.” The Year’s Work in Critical and Cultural Theory 28:1: 102-123.