Moving Violations: Synthetic Hormones, Sexual Deviance, and Gendered Mobilities

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Focusing on mobilities at the micro-level, Beauchamp examines US state efforts to control improperly desiring bodies by using synthetic hormones to interrupt their bodily movements. The essay draws on transgender studies to analyze the public discourse surrounding the incorporation of chemical castration into the US penal code, foregrounding efforts to stabilize and contain unruly bodies through hormonal treatments. While chemical castration may seem to immobilize criminalized bodies in ways that exceed the material confines of the prison itself, this opening chapter argues that such hormonal practices actually move bodies in new ways, creating shifts in gender and sexuality that confound state efforts to stabilize these categories.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMobile Desires
Subtitle of host publicationThe Politics and Erotics of Mobility Justice
EditorsLiz Montegary, Melissa Autumn White
Place of PublicationBasingstoke
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
ISBN (Print)9781137464200
StatePublished - 2015


  • chemical castration
  • criminalization
  • hormones
  • prison
  • sexuality
  • transgender


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