Rogers (Georgia Southern Univ.) explores the lives of trans people with a study of “51 diverse trans men in the south,” utilizing the term "queer methodology." Based primarily on in-depth interviews, this study brings to light the lives and concerns of trans men living in the southeastern US. Dominant narratives of queer and trans people tend to focus on coastal cities rather than rural locations, as the author notes, which effectively centers "metronormative" narratives and histories. Rogers seeks to expand the discussion through seven chapters that explore topics such as religion and spirituality, “discord within” the larger queer community, and sexual violence and harassment. The author situates analysis within the larger landscape of literature on the topic, supported by robust citations that contextualize the work in helpful ways. The book also contains instructive tables, including ones that define terms used frequently in the text. Readers will come away with a more nuanced understanding of trans men. This volume will interest sociologists and scholars of gender and sexuality. Recommended for all college and university libraries. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through faculty; professionals.
3/13/2020 - Author Baker Rogers penned a guest piece for Ms. Magazine, going into detail on the subject of their book. Link: https://msmagazine.com/2020/03/13/welcome-to-the-danger-zone-trans-equality-in-southeastern-u-s/