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Inventing Transgender Children and Young People

Editor(s): Michele Moore and Heather Brunskell-Evans
Contributors: Robert Withers, Lisa Marchiano, Heather Brunskell-Evans, Michael Biggs, Roberto D'Angelo, Nathan Hodson,

Book Description

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 text is essential reading for teaching and research in fields including gender studies, medical ethics, sociology, psychology, public policy, LGBTQ studies, and feminist studies.

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.

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

“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


ISBN-13: 978-1-5275-3638-8
ISBN-10: 1-5275-3638-6
Date of Publication: 01/11/2019
Pages / Size: 276 / A5
Price: £61.99


Michele Moore is Professor and Head of Centre for Social Justice and Global Responsibility at London South Bank University, Honorary Professor in the School of Health and Social Care at the University of Essex, UK, and Editor of the world-leading journal Disability and Society. She has worked internationally for more than 30 years, building research-led expertise to support inclusive education and communities. Her widely published work is focused on consultative participatory and human rights projects across the world to support children and families. She is currently leading UN projects to advance the global agenda for inclusion.

Dr Heather Brunskell-Evans is a philosopher and social theorist, with particular expertise in the politics of medicine, the sexed body, and gender. Her current research analyses the relationship between surrogacy, pornography, prostitution and transgenderism. She is co-founder of the Women’s Human Rights Campaign ( Her most recent publication is “The Medico-Legal ‘Making’ of ‘The Transgender Child’” in the Medical Law Review.