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Exploring trans people's lives in Britain, trans studies, geography and beyond: A review of research progress

Todd, James D. (2021) 'Exploring trans people's lives in Britain, trans studies, geography and beyond: A review of research progress.', Geography Compass, 15 (4). e12556.


In this paper, I explore how trans people's lives have been conceptualised and researched in human geography. I begin by contextualising trans people's lived experiences in Britain, before recognising trans studies as a distinct field that must continue to shape geographies of trans lives and ontologies. I then consider more recent research in queer geographies which foregrounds trans lives under the ‘trans geographies' banner. I examine how space has been conceptualised in such research and demonstrate the methodological and conceptual absences and failings and problematic approaches that geographical research often perpetuates, arguing that work remains to ensure our research works with and is responsive to or developed by trans people. The paper concludes by calling upon geographers to recognise the diversities and potentialities of trans people's everyday lives and develop intersectionally-attentive and reciprocal geographical research around trans lives, bodies, and spaces.

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Publisher statement:© 2021 The Authors. Geography Compass published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Date accepted:26 January 2021
Date deposited:16 July 2021
Date of first online publication:09 March 2021
Date first made open access:16 July 2021

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