Available for pre-order: Inventing Transgender Children and Young People


Inventing Transgender Children and Young People, the highly anticipated collection of essays edited by Michele Moore and Heather Brunskell-Evans, is now available to pre-order from our website. To mark the book’s release, Cambridge Scholars are offering a 20% discount on the text (see below for more details).

Inventing Transgender Children and Young People is a vital contribution to one of the most contested areas in contemporary society; one where proper scholarship and informed data has been lacking. For teaching and research in fields including gender studies, medical ethics, sociology, psychology, public policy, LGBTQ studies, and feminist studies, it is essential reading.

The essays in the volume are written by clinicians, psychologists, sociologists, educators, and parents. The contributors demonstrate how transgender children and young people are ‘invented’ in different medical, social and political contexts: from specialist gender identity development services to lobby groups and their school resources, gender guides and workbooks; from the world of the YouTube vlogger to the consulting rooms of psychiatrists; from the pharmaceutical industry to television documentaries; and from the developmental models of psychologists to the complexities of intersex medicine.

The collection’s second chapter (written by Professor Michael Biggs) has already received a significant endorsement from Deborah Cohen and Hannah Barnes in an article recently commissioned by the British Medical Journal. Marcus Evans, the psychoanalyst and former Tavistock and Portman Trust board member, has also bestowed critical praise on the study:

“This book is a thoughtful, measured and much-needed contribution to the debate about transgendering children. Many parents and clinicians are gravely concerned that too often children and young people are affirmed in their gender self-identification without rigorous, extended psycho-social examinations.  In the present cultural climate, it is difficult to examine the complex issue of children’s gender self-identification from different points of view since debate is continually shut down, characterized as ‘transphobic’ or ‘conversion therapy’. This book refuses to be brow-beaten and fearlessly examines the topic from many different angles, including the issue of hormone therapy and the quality of research evidence, and it does so with an absolute commitment to child welfare and safeguarding.”

To pre-order your copy or to read an extract, please click here. You can claim your 20% discount on the text by using the code ‘Transgender20’ during checkout. If you would like more information about the book, please send us an email at orders@cambridgescholars.com.

Michele Moore and Heather Brunskell-Evans’ earlier collaboration, Transgender Children and Young People: Born in Your Own Body, was published by Cambridge Scholars in 2018 and is available in both hardback and paperback.

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