What does it mean for someone to be ‘trans’? What are the implications of this for healthcare provision?
Drawing on the findings of an extensive research project, this book addresses urgent challenges and debates in trans health. It interweaves patient voices with social theory and autobiography, offering an innovative look at how shifting language, patient mistrust, waiting lists and professional power shape clinical encounters, and exploring what a better future might look like for trans patients.
Ruth Pearce is a Research Fellow in the School of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Leeds. Her research looks at patterns of inequality, marginalisation, power, and political struggle in institutional contexts, with a focus on trans, queer, and women’s issues.
Part 1: The context of care;
Introduction: coming to terms with trans health;
Condition or movement? A genealogy of trans discourse;
Trans health in practice: conditions of care;
Part 2: Navigating health services;
Trans temporalities: imagining a future in the time of anticipation;
Part 3: Changing trans health;
The politics of trans health: negotiating credible knowledge;
Towards Affirmative Care.
"This valuable book provides an innovative approach to trans health weaving personal narrative, sociological theories and activist perspectives. It makes a vital contribution to promoting health equality for trans people." Julie Fish, Centre for LGBTQ research, De Montfort University, Leicester.