This volume seeks to explore contemporary trans lives in a world that is both global and increasingly globalizing, examining the nuances of the rights, identities, and politics that make up the varied spectrum of what has come to be included under the largely Western imposed label of "trans".
Trans identities and rights have become increasingly prominent in the social imagination in recent years, and in a growing number of locales have also become hot button political issues. As trans individuals are demanding, and gaining, their rights, these debates are bringing issues of trans lives to the forefront of politics and into social discussions in nearly every country in the world today. In a series of essays covering the key themes of Identities, Rights, and Politics, this interdisciplinary collection presents an international range of topics spanning human rights and asylum seekers, to the Hijras of South Asia, and gender-affirming surgeries, all placing trans lives in a global(ized) context.
This is an important contribution from a diverse group of established and emerging scholars seeking to position trans and transgender research in a global framework. It will be of key interest to researchers in Trans Studies, Gender Studies, Sexuality Studies, Cultural and Media Studies, Sociology, Politics, and Anthropology and for introductory courses in gender and LGBT issues.
J. Michael Ryan is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Nazarbayev University (Kazakhstan). He received his Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Maryland (United States of America). Dr. Ryan was previously a researcher for the TRANSRIGHTS Project at The University of Lisbon (Portugal) and has taught courses at The American University in Cairo (Egypt), Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO) (Ecuador), and at the University of Maryland. Before returning to academia, Dr. Ryan worked as a research methodologist at the National Center for Health Statistics in Washington, D.C. He is the editor of Core Concepts in Sociology (2019), and co-editor of Gender in the Middle East and North Africa: Contemporary Issues and Challenges (with Helen Rizzo, 2020), The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Social Theory (with Bryan Turner et. al., 2017), The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Consumption and Consumer Studies (with Daniel T. Cook, 2015), and The Concise Encyclopedia of Sociology (with George Ritzer, 2011). He also served as an advisory editor on The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Gender and Sexuality Studies.
Chapter 1: Trans Lives In A Global(-Izing) World: Rights, Identities, And Politics
J. Michael Ryan
Section I: Trans Identities
Chapter 2: Displaying Trans (In)Visibilities
Ana Cristina Marques
Chapter 3: Globalization And Change Among The Hijras Of South Asia
Adnan Hossain & Serena Nanda
Chapter 4: Non-Binary Identity And The Double Edged Sword Of Globalization
Chassitty N. Fiani & Christine R. Serpe
Chapter 5: (Re)Making "Transgender" Identities In Global Media And Popular Culture
Thomas J. Billard & Sam Nesfield
Section Ii: Trans Rights
Chapter 6: Medicalized Transgender Bodies: Depriving Autonomy, Confering Humanness, And Bestowing Cisgenderism
Chapter 7: Gender Affirming Surgeries In A Global Context: The Role Of Medical, Legal, And Social Norms
Maeghan Ross & Tim C. Van De Grift
Chapter 8: A Transgender Perspective On Human Rights: The Case Of The World Bank And The United States Agency For International Development
Section Iii: Trans Politics
Chapter 9: Stronger Together: The Global Shift To Transgender-Inclusive Armed Forces
Adam F. Yerke
Chapter 10: Moving Elsewhere: The Complex Genealogies Of Trans Studies In The Academy
Nael Bhanji & Chase Joynt
Chapter 11: Fleeing Across The Globe: Trans Asylum Seekers
Chapter 12: Legal Gender Recognition: Building The Infrastructure For Trans Communities To Thrive
"This Collection marks a key contribution to work on trans identities and trans rights. Its global focus is long overdue in studies exploring the rights of trans people. It's broad interdisciplinary remit addresses culture, identity, politics, rights and institutions, which are brought together successfully through the Collections' focus on social justice. This is an important and very timely publication."
- Professor Sally Hines, University of Sheffield