Transgender care networks, social movements and citizenship

Sally Hines

in transForming gender

Published by Policy Press

Published in print September 2007 | ISBN: 9781861349163
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447304074 | DOI:
Transgender care networks, social movements and citizenship

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This chapter draws on research into transgender care and the main transgender support and self-help groups in the UK. It also examines the values that matter to transgender people in relation to the giving and receiving of care within support groups. The extent to which transgender support groups fill the gaps left by a deficit of professional care is explained. The complexities of involvement in support groups are elaborated in relation to politics of transgender visibility and issues of transgender citizenship and recognition. It is indicated that involvement in support groups is not evenly practised and that concerns over visibility impact upon involvement within community-support groups. It is suggested that while some transgender people articulate individualism and are reluctant to position themselves as members of a collective transgender culture, others present distinct transgender identity positions that are consciously created in opposition to traditional ways of thinking about gender.

Keywords: transgender care; transgender support; self-help groups; UK; transgender citizenship; transgender visibility; politics

Chapter.  8202 words. 

Subjects: Gender and Sexuality

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