This volume explores the diversity and complexity of transgender people’s experiences and demonstrates that gendered bodies are constructed through different social, cultural and economic networks and through different spaces and places.

Rethinking Transgender Identities brings together original research in the form of interviews, participatory methods, surveys, cultural texts and insightful commentary. The contributing scholars and activists are located in Aotearoa New Zealand, Brazil, Canada, Catalan, China, Japan, Scotland, Spain, and the United States. The collection explores the relationship between transgender identities and politics, lived realities, strategies, mobilizations, age, ethnicity, activisms and communities across different spatial scales and times.

Taken together, the chapters extend current research and provide an uthoritative state-of-the-art review of current research, which will appeal to cholars and graduate students working within the fields of sociology, gender studies, sexuality and queer studies, family studies, media and cultural studies, psychology, health, law, criminology, politics and human geography.

chapter 1|12 pages


Under, Beside and Beyond the Transgender Umbrella
ByPetra L. Doan, Lynda Johnston

chapter 2|14 pages

Defining a Cross-dresser

ByMiqqi Alicia Gilbert, Michael A. Gilbert

chapter 3|17 pages

Brother (“xiong di”) Communities in Mainland China

ByAiwan Liao

chapter 4|17 pages

Age, Sexuality and Intersectionalities

Spatial Experiences of Brazilian Travestis and Transwomen Aging Process and the Sex Market
ByJoseli Maria Silva, Maria Rodó-Zárate, Marcio Jose Ornat

chapter 5|15 pages

Social Inclusion

Measuring the Invisible and the Insignificant
ByChloe Schwenke

chapter 6|15 pages

Political Entanglements

Practicing, Designing and Implementing Critical Trans Politics Through Social Scientific Research
ByRae Rosenberg

chapter 7|33 pages

Constructing an Ethics of Depathologization

Epistemological, Methodological and Ethical Reflections in Trans and Intersex Studies
ByAmets Suess Schwend

chapter 8|24 pages


Reterritorializing Perceptions and Practice
ByAnd Pasley, Tommy Hamilton, Jaimie Veale

chapter 9|15 pages

Cisnormative and Transnormative Misgendering

Holding Gender Minorities Accountable to Gender Expectations in Mainstream and Trans/Queer Spaces
BySonny Nordmarken

chapter 10|19 pages

Transitioning Through the Toilet

Changing Transgender Discourse and the Recognition of Transgender Identities in Japan
ByS.P.F. Dale

chapter 11|16 pages

Contested Identities

Cisgender Women in Trans Relationships and the Politics of Naming
ByAvery Brooks Tompkins

chapter 12|12 pages

“When a Trans Is Killed, Another Thousand Rise!”

Transnecropolitics and Resistance in Brazil
ByJoseli Maria Silva, Marcio Jose Ornat, Vinícius Cabral, Débora Lee Comasseto Machado