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Trans* Lives in the United States

Challenges of Transition and Beyond, 1st Edition

By Andrew Cutler Seeber


200 pages | 7 B/W Illus.

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Being and becoming trans* is a complex and varied experience whether an individual is living openly as trans* or not. Few published studies in either the academic or popular press illuminate the challenges of living as a trans* person after medical and social transition are complete. Trans* Lives in the United States builds upon earlier research and contributes a much-needed theoretically grounded empirical study that examines the hurdles from transition to the end of life by employing an intersectional analytical frame. The analysis pays careful attention to the role of class inequality, and draws on critical race studies, sexuality studies, and feminist studies. Drawing upon thirty face-to-face interviews, it privileges the experiences and voices of trans* individuals from a wide range of racial, ethnic, and class backgrounds. Moving beyond earlier studies that ended with an analysis of the moment of identity transition, this text provides a more nuanced understanding of the complex negotiations that individuals who self-identify as trans* endure.

Table of Contents

Series Foreword



I. Bodies and Behaviors

II. Embodied Resources

III. Hierarchies of Stigma

IV. Families, Intimacy, and Sexuality

V. Employment and Housing

VI. Healthcare, Eldercare, End-of-Life Decisions


Appendix A

Appendix B




About the Author

Andrew Cutler-Seeber is an openly trans*-identified scholar. He earned his doctorate in Sociology with a doctoral emphasis in Feminist Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Andrew teaches courses in Sociology, Social Work, and Trans* Studies. He writes MCAT test preparation materials as a consultant, teaches at the University of the Virgin Islands, and lives in St. Croix with his wife, Haley.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General