Making Transgender Count

Making Transgender Count

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Who gets to define what transgender is, or who is transgender? The very notion of a transgender population poses numerous political and technical challenges. How are trans people counted, by whom, and for what purposes? What is at stake in “making transgender count,” and how might this process vary across national, linguistic, or cultural contexts? This special issue of TSQ presents a range of approaches to these questions, including analyses that generate more effective and inclusive ways to measure and count gender identity and/or transgender people. Essays also offer critical perspectives on quantitative methodologies and the politics of what Ian Hacking calls “making up people,” the impact that classification has on those being classified. Contributors consider to what extent counting transgender people makes that population's government accountable to those individuals.

Contributors: Kellan Baker, Jenifer Bratter, Kerith J. Conron, Andrew R. Flores, Alison Gill, Nick Gorton, Jaime M. Grant, Emily A. Greytak, Jack Harrison-Quintana, Jody L. Herman, Natalie Ingraham, Jeffrey Johnson, Colton Keo-Meier, Lisa King, Anna Klonkowska, Kyle G. Knight, Christine Labuski, Emilia Lombardi, Phoenix Alicia Matthews, Sheila J. Nezhad, Vanessa Pratt, Sari L. Reisner, Ignacio Rivera, Megan R. Rohrer, Kristen Schilt, Nfn Scout, Ben Singer, Hale Thompson

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Paisley Currah is Professor of Political Science and of Women's and Gender Studies at Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center.

Susan Stryker is Associate Professor of Gender and Women's Studies at the University of Arizona.

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Paisley Currah and Susan Stryker - Introduction
Christine Labuski and Colton Keo-Meier - The (Mis)Measure of Trans
Sari L. Reisner, Kerith J. Conron, Scout, Kellan Baker, Jody L. Herman, Emilia Lombardi, Emily A. Greytak, Alison M. Gill, and Alicia K. Matthews - “Counting” Transgender and Gender-Nonconforming Adults in Health Research: Recommendations from the Gender Identity in US Surveillance Group
T. Benjamin Singer - The Profusion of Things: The “Transgender Matrix” and Demographic Imaginaries in US Public Health
Kristen Schilt and Jenifer Bratter - From Multiracial to Transgender?: Assessing Attitudes toward Expanding Gender Options on the US Census
Kyle G. Knight, Andrew R. Flores, and Sheila J. Nezhad - Surveying Nepal's Third Gender: Development, Implementation, and Analysis
Anna M. KLonkowska - Making Transgender Count in Poland: Disciplined Individuals and Circumscribed Populations
Natalie Ingraham, Vanessa Pratt, and Nick Gorton - Counting Trans* Patients: A Community Health Center Case Study
Hale Thompson and Lisa King - Who Counts as “Transgender”?: Epidemiological Methods and a Critical Intervention
Jeffrey Alan Johnson - Information Systems and the Translation of Transgender
Jack Harrison-Quintana, Jaime M. Grant, and Ignacio G. Rivera - Boxes of Our Own Creation: A Trans Data Collection Wo/Manifesto
Megan M. Rohrer - The Ethical Case for Undercounting Trans Individuals
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Paper ISBN: 978-0-8223-6824-3
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