“Brothers are doing it for themselves: transmen and the creation of boundaryless and protean career choices”.

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The unpredictability of careers in the 21st century has prompted the need for individuals to take control (Arnold, 2016). However, in the context of wider societal-level transgender discrimination (Dietert and Dentice, 2009) and especially with regard to authenticity and identity expression (Sawyer et al,. 2016), transgender individuals face unique challenges in the workplace hence career decisions may also be particularly problematic. This chapter explores alternative career choices driven by diversity and resilience where individuals subjectively create and maintain their careers based on individual identity and personal values, through empowerment, enterprise and resilience. A number of transmen who have forged unique career space as transgender artists, performers, models and activists are profiled and discussed. The boundaryless and protean career concepts are critically examined in line with Pringle and Mallon (2003) and an alternative view proposed. LGBTQ careers literature is also explored to contextualise the career environment for transgender individuals.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of Diversity and Careers
EditorsAdelina Broadbridge, Sandra Fielden
PublisherEdward Elgar, Cheltenham, UK
Number of pages576
ISBN (Print)9781785365591
Publication statusPublished - 25 May 2018


  • Transgender
  • transmen
  • careers
  • boundaryless careers
  • protean careers

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