Neither Man Nor Woman The Hijras of India

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 11/30/1998
  • Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing

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This ethnography is a cultural study of the Hijras of India, a religious community of men who dress and act like women. It focuses on how Hijras can be used in the study of gender categories and human sexual variation.

Table of Contents

1. Hijra Roles in Indian Society
2. Hijras as Neither Man nor Woman
3. Emasculation Ritual Among the Hijras
4. Social Organization and Economic Adaptation
5. Kamladevi: A Prostitute
6. Meera: A New Guru
7. Sushila: Achieving Respect
8. Salima: An Outcast
9. Hijra Lives on Context
10. The Hijra in Cross-Cultural Perspective

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