A Social Science Perspective on “Transgender Brains”
For decades now, examinations of brains belonging to people with transgender experiences have been reported in the scientific literature. What questions that are asked, why and by whom, as well as what results that are presented and the technologies involved, contributes to how such brains are perceived and understood. Different conceptions of “transgender brains” have also for long been picked up and come to matter (or not) outside of the medical and scientific sphere. With a multi-sited ethnographic approach, this doctoral dissertation project interrogates into how scientific- and other practices, materialities and concerns have contributed to different constructions of “transgender brains”, from the mid 1950s and onwards.