The Rowman & Littlefield Handbook of Transgender Studies is a comprehensive yet concise overview of the important issues, themes, and research on transgender people and populations. Coupling both their expertise along with their lived experiences, the authors in this contributed volume tackle topics including, but not limited to, medical care, education, coming out, the creation of families, and bathroom and military politics and possibilities. The volume opens with an introduction from the editor who outlines her own journey and experience searching for information on “transgender studies” when the term was first introduced to her in 2014. Since then, the field has risen in prominence and is one of the fastest growingareas of research in gender studies. Scholars and students alike will find this to be an accessible primer to the societal forces that impact and shape the lives of transgender people.
J.E. Sumerau (she/they) is associate professor and director of applied sociology at the University of Tampa. She is the author of five books and over 75 articles and chapters at the intersections of sexualities, gender, health, violence, and religion.
Using an array of research methods, popular culture examples, and perspectives, The Rowman & Littlefield Handbook of Transgender Studies provides a valuable introduction to the lives and realities of transgender people in the United States. This handbook provides an accessible and effective teaching tool for those seeking to understand how transgender people navigate and experience their lives and interactions within society. It also provides a guide for understanding how normalizing cisgender (not transgender) experiences across social institutions reproduce inequality against transgender communities in the 21st Century.