1st Edition

Trans Lives in a Globalizing World Rights, Identities and Politics

Edited By J. Michael Ryan Copyright 2021
    238 Pages
    by Routledge

    238 Pages
    by Routledge

    This volume seeks to explore contemporary trans lives in a world that is both global and increasingly globalizing, examining the nuances of the rights, identities, and politics that make up the varied spectrum of what has come to be included under the largely Western imposed label of "trans".

    Trans identities and rights have become increasingly prominent in the social imagination in recent years, and in a growing number of locales have also become hot button political issues. As trans individuals are demanding, and gaining, their rights, these debates are bringing issues of trans lives to the forefront of politics and into social discussions in nearly every country in the world today. In a series of essays covering the key themes of Identities, Rights, and Politics, this interdisciplinary collection presents an international range of topics spanning human rights and asylum seekers, to the Hijras of South Asia, and gender-affirming surgeries, all placing trans lives in a global(ized) context.

    This is an important contribution from a diverse group of established and emerging scholars seeking to position trans and transgender research in a global framework. It will be of key interest to researchers in Trans Studies, Gender Studies, Sexuality Studies, Cultural and Media Studies, Sociology, Politics, and Anthropology and for introductory courses in gender and LGBT issues.

    Chapter 1: Trans Lives In A Global(-Izing) World: Rights, Identities, And Politics

    J. Michael Ryan

    Section I: Trans Identities

    Chapter 2: Displaying Trans (In)Visibilities

    Ana Cristina Marques

    Chapter 3: Globalization And Change Among The Hijras Of South Asia

    Adnan Hossain & Serena Nanda

    Chapter 4: Non-Binary Identity And The Double Edged Sword Of Globalization

    Chassitty N. Fiani & Christine R. Serpe

    Chapter 5: (Re)Making "Transgender" Identities In Global Media And Popular Culture

    Thomas J. Billard & Sam Nesfield

    Section Ii: Trans Rights

    Chapter 6: Medicalized Transgender Bodies: Depriving Autonomy, Confering Humanness, And Bestowing Cisgenderism

    Jm Dewey

    Chapter 7: Gender Affirming Surgeries In A Global Context: The Role Of Medical, Legal, And Social Norms

    Maeghan Ross & Tim C. Van De Grift

    Chapter 8: A Transgender Perspective On Human Rights: The Case Of The World Bank And The United States Agency For International Development

    Chloe Schwenke

    Section Iii: Trans Politics

    Chapter 9: Stronger Together: The Global Shift To Transgender-Inclusive Armed Forces

    Adam F. Yerke

    Chapter 10: Moving Elsewhere: The Complex Genealogies Of Trans Studies In The Academy

    Nael Bhanji & Chase Joynt

    Chapter 11: Fleeing Across The Globe: Trans Asylum Seekers

    Nan Seuffert

    Chapter 12: Legal Gender Recognition: Building The Infrastructure For Trans Communities To Thrive

    Kyle Knight


    J. Michael Ryan is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan. He received his Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Maryland, United States of America. He has previously held academic positions in Portugal, Egypt, Ecuador, and the United States of America. Before returning to academia, Dr. Ryan worked as a research methodologist at the National Center for Health Statistics in Washington, D.C. He is the editor of multiple volumes including COVID-19: Global pandemic, societal responses, ideological solutions (Routledge 2021), COVID-19: Social consequences and cultural adaptations (Routledge 2021), Core Concepts in Sociology (Wiley 2019), and Gender in the Middle East and North Africa: Contemporary issues and challenges (Lynne-Rienner 2020, with Helen Rizzo).  

    "This Collection marks a key contribution to work on trans identities and trans rights. Its global focus is long overdue in studies exploring the rights of trans people. It’s broad interdisciplinary remit addresses culture, identity, politics, rights and institutions, which are brought together successfully through the Collections’ focus on social justice. This is an important and very timely publication." 

    - Professor Sally Hines, University of Sheffield