In her critical ethnography, Miriam J. Abelson offers an in-depth comparative analysis of qualitative interviews with sixty-six trans men living in urban, suburban, and rural areas of Southern, Midwestern, and Western regions of the United States. Roughly a fifth of the participants were people of color, and participants varied in age from nineteen to fifty-five. Abelson offers a nuanced understanding of how masculinities and manhood are socially constructed across geographical location and are influenced by media consumption. Using an intersectional lens, Abelson demonstrates how local knowledges of masculinity and manhood impact the ways in which trans men navigate the spaces they inhabit and the level of authenticity they are able to embody in these spaces. Abelson grounds her analysis in critical transfeminist methodologies and provides methodological reflections on the experience of interviewing trans men as a researcher who is neither trans nor a man but is perceived to be a...
Authentic Masculinity and Local Gender Knowledges
Jordan Forrest Miller is a PhD candidate in sociology at Georgia State University, where they also received an MA in women's, gender, and sexuality studies (2016). Their dissertation is titled, “‘What Makes Trans Lives More Livable?’: An Intersectional Content Analysis of #WeHappyTrans and #TheGenderTag.”
Jordan Forrest Miller; Authentic Masculinity and Local Gender Knowledges. TSQ 1 February 2021; 8 (1): 132–134. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/23289252-8749680
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