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Sociology and transgender people

Sociology is the study of social life, social change, and the social causes and consequences of human behavior. Sociologists investigate the structure of groups, organizations, and societies and how people interact within these contexts.

Trans and gender diverse sociologists

Miquel Missé (born 1986) Spanish sociologist

Raewyn Connell (born 1944) Australian sociologist

Betsy Lucal

Elroi Windsor

  • Salem College
  • transgender and cisgender (non-transgender) experiences with surgical body modification
  • International Handbook of Transsexuality and Mental Health (Routledge).

Sociologists with trans focus

Tey Meadow

  • Harvard University
  • Raising the Transgender Child: Being Male or Female in the Twenty First Century 

Carla A. Pfeffer

  • University of South Carolina
  • Studies cisgender (non-transgender) women’s partnerships with transgender men
  • Queering Families: The Postmodern Partnerships of Cisgender Women and Transgender Men (Oxford University Press), is forthcoming later this year.

Laurel Westbrook

  • Grand Valley State University
  • transgender studies, published in Gender & Society and Contexts

Elizabeth Rahilly

Annemarie Shrouder

Dave King

Richard Ekins

Monica J. Casper

Anti-trans sociologists

Michael Biggs

Lee Ellis


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