1st Edition

Rethinking Transgender Identities Reflections from Around the Globe

By Petra L. Doan, Lynda Johnston Copyright 2022
    226 Pages 14 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    226 Pages 14 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This volume explores the diversity and complexity of transgender people’s experiences and demonstrates that gendered bodies are constructed through different social, cultural and economic networks and through different spaces and places.

    Rethinking Transgender Identities brings together original research in the form of interviews, participatory methods, surveys, cultural texts and insightful commentary. The contributing scholars and activists are located in Aotearoa New Zealand, Brazil, Canada, Catalan, China, Japan, Scotland, Spain, and the United States. The collection explores the relationship between transgender identities and politics, lived realities, strategies, mobilizations, age, ethnicity, activisms and communities across different spatial scales and times.

    Taken together, the chapters extend current research and provide an uthoritative state-of-the-art review of current research, which will appeal to cholars and graduate students working within the fields of sociology, gender studies, sexuality and queer studies, family studies, media and cultural studies, psychology, health, law, criminology, politics and human geography.

    List of figures

    About the editors

    List of contributors


    1. Introduction: Under, Beside and Beyond the Transgender Umbrella
    2. Petra L. Doan and Lynda Johnston

    3. Defining a cross-dress
    4. Miqqi Alicia Gilbert (AKA Michael A Gilbert)

    5. Brother (‘xiong di’) communities in Mainland China
    6. Karen (Aiwan) Liao

    7. Age, sexuality and intersectionalities: Spatial experiences of Brazilian travesties and transwomen aging process and the sex market
    8. Joseli Maria Silva, Maria Rodó-de-Zárate and Marcio Jose Ornat

    9. Social inclusion: Measuring the invisible and the insignificant
    10. Chloe Schwenke

    11. Political Entanglements: Practicing, Designing and Implementing Critical Trans Politics through Social Science Research
    12. Rae Rosenberg

    13. Constructing an ethics of depathologisation: Epistemological, methodological and ethical reflections in trans and intersex studies
    14. Amets Suess Schwend

    15. Transnormativities: Reterritorialising Perceptions and Practice
    16. And Pasley, Tommy Hamilton and Jaimie Veale

    17. Cisnornative and Transnormative Misgendering: Holding Gender Minorities Accountable to Gender Expectations in Mainstream and Trans / Queer spaces

    Sonny Nordmarken

    10. Transiting through the toilet: Changing transgender discourse and the recognition of transgender identities in Japan

    S.P.F. Dale

    1. Contested Identities: Cisgender Women in Trans Relationships and the Politics of Naming
    2. Avery Brooks Tompkins

    3. ‘When a trans is killed another thousand rise!’: Transnecropolitics and resistance in Brazil

    Joseli Maria Silva, Marcio Jose Ornat, Vinícius Cabral and Debora Lee Comasseta Machado.



    Petra L. Doan is a Professor of Urban and Regional Planning at Florida State University and a leading international researcher on the topic of trans geographies and planning.

    Lynda Johnston is a Professor of Geography at the University of Waikato, Aotearoa New Zealand, and an expert in feminist, embodied and queer geographies and more specifically in geographies of gender, sexualities, tourism and social justice.