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Socialising Transgender: Support for Transition

Kate Norman

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Paperback (BC)
01 Jun 2017
Dunedin Academic Press
151 pages - 216 x 138mm
Policy and Practice in Health and Social Care
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.
Acknowledgements. Introduction. Glossary of Terms. List of Tables. Chapter 1: Gender and Transgender Identities; Chapter 2: Dedicated and Generic Social Care; Chapter 3: Why Transition? Chapter 4: Discrimination and Transphobia; Chapter 5: Physical and Mental Health Issues; Chapter 6: Support to Family Members; Chapter 7: Transgender and Society; Chapter 8: The Socialisation of Transgender. Appendix: The Scottish 2015 Study. References. Index.
Dr Kate Norman is a retired Social Worker who managed social care services with people with learning and physical disabilities, and with people with mental health problems, before undertaking quality assessment and monitoring of services for elderly people. She is a Visiting Fellow at the School of Health in Social Science at the University of Edinburgh.

‘This is an ambitious book, covering considerable ground in terms of exploring trans people’s identities, transitioning and perspectives in relation to society as a macro structure, as well as to social care provision, more specifically. A strength lies in the use of empirical data, with participant quotes illuminating important observations throughout. Furthermore, as argued frequently throughout the book, the social care needs of trans people and the social dimension of transitioning are neglected in favour of a biomedical approach to care and interventions and, in bringing attention to this problem, Norman succeeds in countering the prevailing medical discourse pertaining to trans people’s experiences.’
The British Journal of Social Work

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