This is a vital contribution to one of the most contested areas in contemporary society; one where proper scholarship and informed data has been lacking.
The essays in this volume are written by clinicians, psychologists, sociologists, educators, and parents. Contributors demonstrate how transgender children and young people are ‘invented’ in different medical, social and political contexts: from specialist gender identity development services to lobby groups and their school resources, gender guides and workbooks; from the world of the YouTube vlogger to the consulting rooms of psychiatrists; from the pharmaceutical industry to television documentaries; and from the developmental models of psychologists to the complexities of intersex medicine.
Essential reading for teaching and research in fields including gender studies, medical ethics, sociology, psychology, public policy, LGBTQ studies, and feminist studies.
“Like many, I am acutely aware of the way that proper critical debate has been shut down leaving a near hegemony of a peculiar kind of thinking, or I should say non-thinking, that has come to dominate this discourse…..it is surely right to want to apply the brake in order to create space for critical reflection.“
- Dr David Bell, psychoanalyst and Consultant Psychiatrist, Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, from the 'Foreword' to Inventing Transgender Children and Young People
“We’re doing the whole area a disservice by this besieged mentality in which you feel that questioning things and having curiosity about what’s going on is the enemy of good treatment and care—rather than its [being] an absolute central tenet of good treatment and care.”
- Marcus Evans, former Tavistock and Portman Trust board member, quoted in the British Medical Journal, 20/09/2019
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