Policy Press

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TransForming gender

Transgender practices of identity, intimacy and care

Published

12 Sep 2007

Page count

232 pages

ISBN

978-1861349163

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Policy Press
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This book is a major contribution to contemporary gender and sexuality studies. At a time when transgender practices are the subject of increasing social and cultural visibility, it marks the first UK study of transgender identity formation. It is also the first examination - anywhere in the world - of transgender practices of intimacy and care.

The author addresses changing government legislation concerning the citizenship rights of transgender people. She examines the impact of legislative shifts upon transgender people's identities, intimate relationships and practices of care and considers the implications for future social policy. The book encompasses key approaches from the fields of psychoanalysis, anthropology, lesbian and gay studies, sociology and gender theory.

Drawing on extensive interviews with transgender people, "TransForming gender" offers engaging, moving, and, at times, humorous accounts of the experiences of gender transition. Written in an accessible style, it provides a vivid insight into the diversity of living gender in today's world.

The book will be essential reading for students and professionals in cultural studies, gender studies and sexuality studies as well as those in sociology, social policy, law, politics and philosophy. It will also be of interest to health and educational students, trainers and practitioners.

Sally Hines is a lecturer in sociology and social policy at the University of Leeds. Her teaching and research interests fall within the areas of identity, gender, sexuality, the body and citizenship.

Sally Hines is a lecturer in sociology and social policy at the University of Leeds. Her teaching and research interests fall within the areas of identity, gender, sexuality, the body and citizenship.

Introduction; Theorising transgender; Analysing care, intimacy and citizenship; Transgender identities and experiences; Gender identities and feminism; Sexual identities; Partnering and parenting relationships; Kinship and friendship; Transgender care networks, social movements and citizenship; Conclusions: (re)theorising gender

"Sally Hines' book both reflects and heralds the growing visibility and awareness of transgender issues across Western countries. ....necessary reading for anyone interested in changing gender roles" Gender and Education, Vol 20: 4, 2008.

"Well balanced and refreshingly sensible, TransForming Gender is a critical and insightful book". Women's Studies Quarterly 36:3

"This is an important book which throws new light on the transformation of gender in recent years, and on the intimate life of transgendered people. What comes over most strongly in this book is the sheer ordinariness of the intimate needs and desires of transgendered people, and this surely is the most radical insight of all." Jeffrey Weeks, Executive Dean, Arts and Human Sciences, London South Bank University