With Respect To Sex: Negotiating Hijra Identity In South India

With Respect To Sex: Negotiating Hijra Identity In South India

by Gayatri Reddy

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In an important, intimate, rich and eminently readable ethnography, Gayatri Reddy creates a portrait of a community of hijras in Hyderabad that suggests that one cannot see hijras simply through the lens of gender and sexual difference because that is not how hijras understand themselves. Tracing their presence from an era of Hyderabadi royal patronage to the shifting social and cultural landscapes of modernity and nationalism and finally to contemporary neo-liberalism, Reddy shows the ever-changing, complicated and multi-faceted matrix of class, caste, religious, and regional identities and practices that underlie hijra understandings of both their identity and their difference. At stake, she says, are questions of nationalism, citizenship, identity, religion, class, sex, and economics.

Gayatri Reddy is assistant professor of anthropology and gender and women's studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

ISBN:
9788190363464
Category:
Category Not Specified
Language:
English
Format:
Paperback
Year of Publication:
2007
Publisher:
Yoda Press
Condition:
Brand New
Pages:
-
Tags:
Anthropology, Gender Studies