1st Edition

Transgender Identities Towards a Social Analysis of Gender Diversity

Edited By Sally Hines, Tam Sanger Copyright 2010
    312 Pages
    by Routledge

    312 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    In recent years transgender has emerged as a subject of increasing social and cultural interest. This volume offers vivid accounts of the diversity of living transgender in today's world. The first section, "Emerging Identities," maps the ways in which social, cultural, legal and medical developments shape new identities on both an individual and collective level. Rather than simply reflecting social change, these shifts work to actively construct contemporary identities. The second section, "Trans Governance," examines how law and social policy have responded to contemporary gender shifts. The third section, "Transforming Identity," explores gender and sexual identity practices within cultural and subcultural spaces. The final section, "Transforming Theory?", offers a theoretical reflection on the increasing visibility of trans people in today’s society and traces the challenges and the contributions transgender theory has brought to gender theory, queer theory and sociological approaches to identity and citizenship. Featuring contributions from throughout the world, this volume represents the cutting-edge scholarship in transgender studies and will be of interest to scholars and students interested in gender, sexuality, and sociology.

    Introduction  Sally Hines   Part 1: Emerging Identities  1. The Emergence of New Transgendering Identities in the Age of the Internet  Richard Ekins and Dave King  2. Becoming Knowably Gendered: The Production of Transgender Possibilities and Constraints in the Mass and Alternative Press from 1990-2005 in the United States  Laurel Westbrook  3. Telling Trans Stories: (Un)doing the Science of Sex  Alison Rooke  Part 2: Trans Governance  4. Recognising Diversity? The Gender Recognition Act and Transgender Citizenship  Sally Hines  5. Transsexual Agents: Negotiating Authenticity and Embodiment within the UK’s Medicolegal System  Zowie Davy  6. (In)Visibility in the Workplace: The Experiences of Trans-Employees in the UK  Em Rundall and Vincent Vecchietti  Part 3: Transforming Identities  7. The Impact of Race on Gender Transformation in a Drag Troupe  Eve Shapiro  8. Transgendering in an Urban Dutch Streetwalking Zone  Katherine Gregory  9. Beyond Borders: Lived Experiences of Atypically Gendered Transsexual People  Sara Davidmann  Part 4: Transforming Theory  10. Who Put the ‘Hetero’ in Sexuality?  Angie Fee  11. Corporeal Silences and Bodies that Speak: The Promises and Limitations of Queer in Lesbian/Queer Sexual Spaces  Corie J. Hammers  12. Towards a Sociology of Gender Diversity: The Indian and UK Cases  Surya Monro  13. Beyond Gender and Sexuality Binaries in Sociological Theory: The Case for Transgender Inclusion  Tam Sanger


    Sally Hines is a Lecturer at the University of Leeds. She was awarded the prestigious Sylvia Rivera Award in Transgender Studies in 2006 (award by CUNY, US) for her work on transgender and feminist theory. She is the author of TransForming Gender: Transgender Practices of Identity, Intimacy and Care (Policy Press, 2007).

    Tam Sanger is the author of Trans People's Partnerships: Towards an Ethics of Intimacy (Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming). She completed her PhD in Sociology at Queen's University, Belfast.

    "In bringing together a fascinating range of cutting-edge material, this book makes a substantial and timely contribution to current debates concerning practices, policies and theoretical understandings of the social dynamics of gender diversity."

    Lisa Smyth, Lecturer in Sociology, Queen’s University Belfast.