Socialising Transgender: Support in Transition

Socialising Transgender: Support in Transition

Socialising Transgender: Support in Transition

Socialising Transgender: Support in Transition

Synopsis

The author seeks to counterbalance the prevailing medicalised approach to statutory support for transgender people which tends to focus on the physical processes of transition rather than on subsequent social role adjustment.Kate Norman relates her own research findings to additional data and publications within three main themes: first, the provision of social support to transgender people by dedicated and generic social care services; secondly, social care issues in relation to transgender identity and transgender status, including discrimination, transphobia and mental health issues; and, thirdly, the effect of 'coming out' as transgender, and of transitioning, on relationships between transgender people and their families and friends, colleagues, neighbours and the wider community. The book explores the potential for improved social support to transgender people and also to partners, children and other family members. It concludes by proposing a combination of advocacy and social care support to further the legal and social status of transgender people.

Excerpt

The main purpose of this book is to summarise recent research into the social care of transgender people in a readily accessible form, while highlighting social care needs alongside those for medical care. Recent research through online surveys and interviews by the author into the social care needs and support of transgender people in Scotland (Norman, 2015a, hereinafter referred to as the ‘Scottish 2015 study’ is juxtaposed with additional research and writings on key transgender issues.

The media attention currently granted to transgender people is usually welcome, but perhaps has too often exposed the discomfort that society experiences in relation to those who do not conform to gender norms – the need to recognise and respond to the social dilemmas raised by such non-conformity is a thread that runs throughout these eight chapters.

The book is written with a broad spectrum of potential readers in mind:

Academics in gender studies may be interested in how the growing body of research into transgender matters affects our understanding of gender. of particular relevance may be the gender identities and experiences of non-binary transgender people, as well as those who transition to the opposite binary role (Chapters 1 and 3), and how society responds to such migration (Chapters 4, 7 and 8).

Those who currently provide support to transgender people (most notably gender identity clinic staff, GPs, psychiatrists and counsellors, transgender support groups, health workers and social carers) may find the evaluation of potential social care support to transgender people and their families of particular relevance. This evaluation is one of the main underlying themes of the book (Chapters 1–7).

Families, friends, colleagues and neighbours may welcome the material relating to partners and children of transgender people, other . . .

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