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Intimate Transitions: Transgender Practices of Partnering and Parenting

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Sally Hines


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This paper begins by examining sociological studies of intimacy and suggests that despite a rise of interest in non-normative practices of sociality, transgender lives and experiences are absent from analyses of changing social relationships. Drawing on research data in the form of three case studies, I explore the experiences of intimacy within the context of gender transition: first to consider the impact of gender transition upon partnering relationships, and second to reflect upon how gender transition is negotiated within parenting relationships. I conclude by suggesting that the incorporation of transgender experiences into analyses of contemporary practices of intimacy enables a richer understanding of wider social changes in patterns of sociality.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Hines S

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Sociology

Year: 2006

Volume: 40

Issue: 2

Pages: 353-371

ISSN (print): 0038-0385

ISSN (electronic): 1469-8684

Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd.


DOI: 10.1177/0038038506062037

Notes: Single authored article in high impact journal of the British Sociology Association. The article examines sociological studies of intimacy in relation to transgender practices of partnering and parenting. This represents the first article to explore the experiences of intimacy within the context of gender transition. The paper was given at the British Sociological Association Conference in 2005.


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