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Neither Man Nor Woman: The Hijras of India (Wadsworth Modern Anthropology Library)by Serena Nanda
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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.
Includes bibliographical references (p. -157) and index.
About the Author
Serena Nanda is professor emeritus of anthropology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York. In addition to CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY, Tenth Edition, her published works include NEITHER MAN NOR WOMAN: THE HIJRAS OF INDIA, winner of the 1990 Ruth Benedict Prize; AMERICAN CULTURAL PLURALISM AND LAW; and GENDER DIVERSITY: CROSS-CULTURAL VARIATIONS. She is also the author of NEW YORK MORE THAN EVER: 40 PERFECT DAYS IN AND AROUND THE CITY and ?The Gift of a Bride: A Tale of Anthropology, Matrimony and Murder,? an ethnographic novel set in an Indian immigrant community in New York City. She always has been captivated by the stories people tell and by the tapestry of human diversity. Anthropology was the perfect way for her to immerse herself in these passions and, through teaching and writing, to spread the word about the importance of understanding both human differences and human similarities.
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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