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Gender on the edge : transgender, gay, and other Pacific islanders

Author: Niko Besnier; Kalissa Alexeyeff
Publisher: Honolulu : University of Hawaiʻi Press, 2014.
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Transgender identities and other forms of gender and sexuality that transcend the normative pose important questions about society, culture, politics, and history. They force us to question, for example, the forces that divide humanity into two gender categories and render them necessary, inevitable, and natural. The transgender also exposes a host of dynamics that, at first glance, have little to do with gender or  Read more...
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Gender on the edge
(DLC) 2013040578
(OCoLC)864709525
Material Type: Document, Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Niko Besnier; Kalissa Alexeyeff
ISBN: 9780824840198 0824840194 9780824869489 0824869486
OCLC Number: 875894847
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2011. MiAaHDL
Description: 1 online resource (vi, 378 pages) : illustrations
Details: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Contents: Gender on the edge: identities, politics, transformations / Kalissa Alexeyeff and Niko Besnier --
Queer history and its discontents at Tahiti: the contested politics of modernity and sexual subjectivity / Deborah Elliston --
"Hollywood" and the emergence of a faʻafafine social movement in Samoa, 1960-1980 / Reevan Dolgoy --
Representing faʻafafine: sex, socialization, and gender identity in Samoa / Penelope Schoeffel --
Living as and living with māhū and raerae: geopolitics, sex, and gender in the Society Islands / Makiko Kuwahara --
Transgender in Samoa: the cultural production of gender inequality / Serge Tcherkézoff --
Re-visioning family: māhū wahine and male-to-female transgender in contemporary Hawaiʻi / Linda L. Ikeda --
Men trapped in women's clothing: homosexuality, cross-dressing, and masculinity in Fiji / Geir Henning Presterudstuen --
Two sea turtles: intimacy between men in the Marshall Islands / Greg Dvorak --
The fokisi and the fakaleiti: provocative performances in Tonga / Mary Good --
Televisual transgender: hybridizing the mainstream in Pasifika New Zealand / Sarina Pearson --
Same sex, different armies: sexual minority invisibility among Fijians in the Fiji military forces and British army / Teresia K. Teaiwa --
In sickness and in health: evolving trends in gay rights advocacy in Fiji / Nicole George --
On the edge of understanding: non-heteronormative sexuality in Papua New Guinea / Christine Stewart --
Outwith the law in Samoa and Tonga / Sue Farran.
Responsibility: edited by Niko Besnier and Kalissa Alexeyeff.
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Transgender identities and other forms of gender and sexuality that transcend the normative pose important questions about society, culture, politics, and history. They force us to question, for example, the forces that divide humanity into two gender categories and render them necessary, inevitable, and natural. The transgender also exposes a host of dynamics that, at first glance, have little to do with gender or sex, such as processes of power and domination; the complex relationship among agency, subjectivity, and structure; and the mutual constitution of the global and the local.Particularly intriguing is the fact that gender and sexual diversity appear to be more prevalent in some regions of the world than in others. This edited volume is an exploration of the ways in which non-normative gendering and sexuality in one such region, the Pacific Islands, are implicated in a wide range of socio-cultural dynamics that are at once local and global, historical, and contemporary. The authors recognize that different social configurations, cultural contexts, and historical trajectories generate diverse ways of being transgender across the societies of the region, but they also acknowledge that these differences are overlaid with commonalities and predictabilities. Rather than focus on the definition of identities, they engage with the fact that identities do things, that they are performed in everyday life, that they are transformed through events and movements, and that they are constantly negotiated. By addressing the complexities of these questions over time and space, this work provides a model for future endeavors that seek to embed dynamics of gender and sexuality in a broad field of theoretical import.

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