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Unzipping gender : sex, cross-dressing and culture

Author: Charlotte A Suthrell
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Berg, 2004.
Series: Dress, body, culture.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This work compares transvestism across cultures, in particular it compares transvestites in Britain with the Hijras of India. It considers how emotion, mythology, imagery, and beliefs influence ideas about sex and gender. The author challenges the straightforward binary divide that dominates Western theories of gender. She argues that sex and gender are really so closely connected that we need a more sophisticated
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Genre/Form: E-books
Cross-cultural studies
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Suthrell, Charlotte A.
Unzipping gender.
Oxford ; New York : Berg, 2004
(OCoLC)654671876
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Charlotte A Suthrell
ISBN: 185973720X 9781859737200 1859737250 9781859737255 9781847888952 184788895X
OCLC Number: 54806431
Description: xiii, 220 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction. Fieldwork. 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. Part II-Fieldwork with hijras-Shabana, Tara, Jaitun, Chand, Leila's information, Ramdhan. The position of hijras within the Indian cultural framework. The changing position of hijras in Indian public life and media. --
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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