Transgender Identities: A Contemporary Introduction

Author(s) : Alessandra Lemma

Transgender Identities: A Contemporary Introduction

Book Details

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Published : 2021
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 132
  • Category :
  • Catalogue No : 96190
  • ISBN 13 : 9780367548247
  • ISBN 10 : 9780367548

Reviews and Endorsements

'The clinical and ethical reflections contained in this book, the outcome of over ten years of clinical work with transgender individuals, invite us to think about the body and its unconscious identifications. One of Alessandra Lemma’s fundamental premises is that the understanding of the internal world of transgender individuals casts light on the subjective experience of embodiment. Psychoanalysis, in the words of Winnicott, does not "…take for granted the lodgment of the psyche in the body": it sees it, instead, as "…an achievement". In this profound book Alessandra Lemma underlines the relevance of the heterogeneity of pathways to the understanding of transgender as it encompasses a range of lived experiences. This deeply sensitive book, which also displays examples of her clinical work, will be a valuable resource for all those interested in exploring this complex area.' - Rosine Perelberg, President of the British Psychoanalytical Society, author of Sexuality, Excess and Representation and editor of Psychic Bisexuality

'There could not be a more appropriate, indeed urgently needed, time for a serious, empathic consideration of transgender identity. As cultural norms are dramatically shifting and identity politics are often highly polarized, it is both an act of courage and clinical sophistication for Professor Lemma to ask simply and directly how individuals find a "hospitable home" in their bodies. From that simple but profound question comes a call for a respectfully challenging consideration of how we can clinically do better for those individuals with transgender identity and at the same time, encourage a more tolerant, accepting society for all. This is a book clinicians working with adolescents and young adults in our contemporary culture cannot afford to pass by for it necessarily challenges day to day practice around transgender identity.' - Professor Linda Mayes, Arnold Gesell Professor, Yale Child Study Center, Yale School of Medicine.

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