Transgender care is a critical area in U.S. medicine that is conditioned by health insurance structures, healthcare reforms, and contrasting socio-medical ideologies of gender, sex, and the self, which give rise to culturally specific answers to questions of personal responsibility and human suffering.
Marieke van Eijk analyses the provision of medical care in the United States to individuals who experience a disjuncture between natal sex and gendered self-understanding, commonly referred to as “transgender.”
Structural conditions shape healthcare professionals’ abilities to provide what they deem suitable care. They also create different possibilities for transgender people to alter their bodies to express the gendered self-identification they are most comfortable with.
Drawing upon ethnographic fieldwork at a university-based gender clinic in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Marieke van Eijk examines the convergence of gender, sex, institutions, money, and biomedicine for the constitution of U.S. transgender care in a privatized healthcare system.
Marieke van Eijk, Gender, Sex, and Institutions: The Making of Transgender Care in the United States. Promotor: Prof Niko Besnier.