Research Handbook of Diversity and Careers
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Research Handbook of Diversity and Careers

Edited by Adelina M. Broadbridge and Sandra L. Fielden

This unique Research Handbook covers a wide range of issues that affect the careers of those in diverse groups: age, disability, gender, race, religion, sexuality and transgender, as well as appearance. International experts from a variety of backgrounds contribute chapters in their given fields, reviewing current thinking, practices, initiatives and developments within the field, as well as presenting a wide-ranging and holistic coverage of the topic.
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Chapter 29: Transpeople, work and careers: a queer theory perspective

Nick Rumens

Abstract

This chapter demonstrates how transpeople face formidable work and career-related challenges and barriers in the workplace, including the accommodations that employers should make to ensure that transpeople are provided with a safe, discrimination-free work environment. Outlining some of the principal concepts associated with the study of transpeople in the workplace, this chapter examines how queer theory can be deployed as a conceptual resource to advance organizational research on transpeople’s multiple and sometimes conflicting desires and goals around gender transgression and congruency, work and careers. The chapter concludes by offering some observations on recommendations for improving the work lives of transpeople such as trans-inclusive policies regarding the use of changing rooms and male/female toilets, the importance of using appropriate gender pronouns when referring to transpeople, and providing ongoing support for employees who engage in processes of gender transitioning.

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