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(Un)safe spaces, affective labour and perceived health among people with trans experiences living in Sweden
Umea Univ, Unit Epidemiol & Global Hlth, Dept Publ Hlth & Clin Med, Umea, Sweden;Umea Univ, Umea Ctr Gender Studies, Umea, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6401-889X
Umea Univ, Unit Epidemiol & Global Hlth, Dept Publ Hlth & Clin Med, Umea, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8114-4705
Gothenburg Univ, Dept Cultural Sci, Gothenburg, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8049-595X
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences, Public Health.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4095-7961
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2019 (English)In: Culture, Health and Sexuality, ISSN 1369-1058, E-ISSN 1464-5351, Vol. 21, no 8, p. 914-928Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Lack of safe space has been connected to ill health among people with trans experiences. This study analyses trans people's experiences of being in public, semi-public and community spaces using the analytical concept of safety/unsafety in relation to perceived health. The analytic framework draws on the concepts of cisgenderism, orientation, lines and comfort. The material analysed consisted of 18 individual interviews with people with trans experiences, which were analysed using constructivist thematic analysis. The analysis resulted in the identification of three themes: straightening devices creating limited living space, orienting oneself in (cis)gendered spaces and creating safer (?) community spaces for healing. Experiences of unsafety ranged from incidents and fear of different kinds of violence in public and semi-public spaces to the lack of a transpolitically informed agenda in, for example, feminist spaces. Safer spaces helped participants to feel a sense of belonging, to share their experiences and to heal. Experiences of unsafety and discomfort are important as they will help us to understand the health situations of people with trans experiences. It is important to facilitate the creation of safer spaces to improve the health of members of this group.

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ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD , 2019. Vol. 21, no 8, p. 914-928
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Transgender, affective labour, safety, space, Sweden
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-390385DOI: 10.1080/13691058.2018.1527038ISI: 000473015600004PubMedID: 30601097OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-390385DiVA, id: diva2:1341580
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Swedish Research Council, 344-2011-5478Available from: 2019-08-09 Created: 2019-08-09 Last updated: 2019-08-09Bibliographically approved

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