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Unzipping gender : sex, cross-dressing and culture

Author: Charlotte A Suthrell
Publisher: New York : Berg, 2004
Series: Dress, body, culture
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Drawing on primary fieldwork, this book offers a cross-cultural study of transvestism through an examination of transvestites in Britain and the Hijras of India. The author tackles the question of  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Cross-cultural studies
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Charlotte A Suthrell
ISBN: 185973720X 9781859737200 1859737250 9781859737255
OCLC Number: 474008134
Description: 220 p. : illustrations
Contents: The doctrines of gender. The prevalence of transvestism. Clothing as gender landscape --
Clothing sex, sexing clothes : transvestism, material culture and the sex and gender debate. The importance of sex and gender. Dress and identity : transvestism and material culture. 'Is gender to culture as sex is to nature?' : transvestism and the discourses of sex and gender. Corporeality and the politics of sex. Clothing the brain Transvestites in the UK : the dream of fair women. Are those women's clothes? Fieldwork in the UK. Becoming extraordinary : the experience of the transvestite in Western societies. Becoming 'the other.' UK transvestites : interviews with Anthony/Suzanne, John/Joy, Dan/Shelly, Gavin/Gina and Simon/Sandra. The range of possibilities. Clothing choices. Some conclusions about UK transvestites --
Disorder within the pattern : the hijras of India. Fieldwork in India. Hijras in context : who are hijras? Why the hijras? The need to categorise : studies of the hijras. Becoming a hijra. Hijras and the principle of male and female union. Hijras and religion Crossing gender boundaries in cultural context : fieldwork comparisons and cultural influences. cross-dressing and clothing choices. Differences in lifestyle. Transvestism within contrasting cosmological contexts --
Dressing up/dressing down : reconsidering sex and gender culture. Woman=soft, man=hard : concepts of language made material. Gendered emotions and the ceremony of naven. Masculine representation of the feminine. Jung and the inner world of opposites. sex, gender or sexuality? Crossing gender as an 'institutionalised' role. The Brazilian travestis. Binary categorisation as 'common sense.' Masculinity, femininity ; genetics and mosaics. The correlates of gender culture-transvestism as material objectification Cross-cultural evidence and the conceptualisation of gender crossing. Marking gender --
Thinking of themselves : transvestism and concepts of the person. Transvestism as a social phenomenon. Concepts of the person, individual and society in India and England : cultural contexts of transvestites and hijras. Contrasting concepts of self within the Hindu and Western traditions. Individuality and identity. Personhood and transvestism in cross-cultural perspective. Blurring the boundaries : deconstructing theories of the self. Transvestites, constructed selves, and issues of sex and gender. A broader conceptualisation of transvestism. 'This is an absurd ordination for people to live in, in 2002'
Series Title: Dress, body, culture
Responsibility: Charlotte Suthrell

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This is excellent - a really instructive insight into an often overlooked but pervasive element of Indian culture made all the more resonant by a forgeign comparison. Veena Indian Arts Review Read more...

 
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