Who watches the watchmen? A critical perspective on the theorization of trans people and clinicians

Richards, Christina; Barker, Meg; Lenihan, Penny and Iantaffi, Alex (2014). Who watches the watchmen? A critical perspective on the theorization of trans people and clinicians. Feminism & Psychology, 24(2) pp. 248–258.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/0959353514526220

Abstract

This paper, made from an explicitly academic-practitioner stance, aims to highlight some of the problematic ways in which academic writing on trans people, and on the clinicians working in trans healthcare, has been presented in recent years. We argue that much work theorizes trans people and clinicians whilst failing to recognise the full and complex humanity of the people concerned. Also, such work frequently universalises a small number of accounts as if they were representative of ‘the trans person’ or ‘the medical/psy profession' as a whole. We call upon future writers and researchers to pay more attention to the multiplicity and diversity of accounts, and to consider the potential damage of perpetuating certain accounts as fixed or universal.

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