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dc.contributor.authorJen, Sarah ( )
dc.date.accessioned2020-11-03T21:28:08Z
dc.date.available2020-11-03T21:28:08Z
dc.date.issued2018-12
dc.identifier.citationJen, S. (2018). Discourses of gender identity and transition in later life. Journal of Research on Women and Gender, 8(1), pp. 49-64en_US
dc.identifier.urihttps://digital.library.txstate.edu/handle/10877/12899
dc.description.abstractThere is a small but growing field of inquiry exploring the needs and experiences of transgender and gender non-conforming older adults (TGNC). While large, quantitative studies are useful for illustrating differences at the population level, in-depth qualitative research is needed to offer interpretations that reflect the complexity and nuance of individual lives to better illuminate the reality of living as a TGNC elder. Guided by a social constructionist epistemology, this study reports findings from a Foucauldian discourse analysis of interviews with two older women who had previously undergone sexual reassignment or gender confirmation surgery to examine how these women talk about their identities and gender transitions, how their language might be informed by or resistant to their social context, and what they might possibly gain from using language in these ways. Each woman chose to present her gender transition in vastly different ways, illustrating the wide variation in conceptualizing transitions as a critical aspect of one's identity versus a minor shift in the scope of a larger self-development narrative. They took up the roles of expert, educator, consumer, and transgender individual in differing ways, demonstrating varied approaches to resilience and resistance. These findings are explored for their potential to inform direct practice and research with older transgender adults.en_US
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dc.format.extent16 pages
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dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherTexas State University, Center for Diversity and Gender Studiesen_US
dc.sourceJournal of Research on Women and Gender, 2018, Vol. 8, No. 1, pp. 49-64.
dc.subjectTransgenderen_US
dc.subjectGender non-conformingen_US
dc.subjectGender identityen_US
dc.subjectAgingen_US
dc.subjectGerontologyen_US
dc.subjectDiscourse analysisen_US
dc.subjectNarrativeen_US
dc.titleDiscourses of gender identity and transition in later lifeen_US
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