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