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Routes to Gender-Affirming Surgery: Navigation and Negotiation in Times of Biomedicalization
Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Gender Studies.
2018 (English)In: Body, Migration, Re/constructive Surgeries: Making the Gendered Body in a Globalized World / [ed] Gabriele Griffin, Malin Jordal, London: Routledge, 2018, p. 209-224Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This chapter explores what it means to negotiate embodied ‘gendersex’ as part of engaging with transmedicine. It draws in the main on two trans men’s narratives about their trajectories to undertake gender-affirming surgery, with one man travelling from Denmark to Serbia and the other shifting from publicly funded trans-specific healthcare to a private hospital within Serbia. I use the concepts of navigation and negotiation to move beyond theoretical discussions about whether medical transition is transgressive or compliant, and look instead at individualized orientations regarding surgical interventions. I utilize a framework of biomedicalization to consider how these processes involve negotiating surgeries and navigating in borderlands between different (public and private) healthcare systems, and across international borders, as well as in borderlands between the capitalist logics of body modification as a commodified good, the logics of medical transition as validated within a framework of pathologization, and emerging logics of self-determination. The chapter offers insights into contemporary sites where the organization of transmedicine is changing, and where knowledge about how to chart a course through medical transition is largely created in trans people’s multi-sited networks online and offline.

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London: Routledge, 2018. p. 209-224
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Routledge Research in Gender and Society
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Gender Studies
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Baltic and East European studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-36230Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85058562766ISBN: 9781351133661 (electronic)ISBN: 9780815354192 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-36230DiVA, id: diva2:1245165
Available from: 2018-09-04 Created: 2018-09-04 Last updated: 2019-01-02Bibliographically approved

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