Serena nanda is professor emeritus of anthropology at john jay college of criminal justice, city university of new york her most recent book is the gift of a bride: a tale of anthropology, matrimony and murder,a novel set in an indian immigrant community in new york city. 2) hijras are the main topic of study in serena nanda's ethnography, neither man nor woman: the hijras of india 3) in nanda's book, she explains how the transsexual hijra population in india fits into society. Serena nanda's research shows that some persons labeled hijra in india are both prostitutes and celebrants of rites of passage (weddings and births of boys): ''there is absolutely no question that at least some hijras—perhaps even the majority—are homosexual prostitutes .
These are just a few of the hijras' main connections to hinduism, all of which legitimize the institutionalization of a third gender in india (nanda 1986: 50) there are still many other existing hindu allusions to hijras, a significant element in forming their third gender role distinct from male and female gender norms. Neither man nor woman, the hijras of india - serena nanda. I t was a hot summer afternoon in the south indian city of secun- derabad, where i did my fieldwork among hijras, better known as india's third sex (nanda, 1999) or eunuch-transvestites (vyas.
Btw, if not already identified elsewhere in this archive, you may find serena nanda's work with the hijra of interest: nanda, serena, phd , neither man nor woman: the hijra of india, wadsworth publishing co, belmont, ca, 1989. For example, hijras in gujarat smoke the hookah (water pipe), an act which is normally only done by men (nanda 18) thus, hijras do not fit the definition of transsexuals, but rather see themselves as belonging to an in-between, third gender. Serena nanda, author of the book, is a professor of anthropology in city university of new york when beginning her fieldwork in the study of the hijras, she only had brief information about the hijras since there was not much written about them before.
Academiaedu is a platform for academics to share research papers. In the book, serena nanda discusses her time studying the hijras in india hijras are a recognized third gender in india serena nanda was in india in 1971 when she first encountered the hijras in bombay. Neither man nor woman: the hijras of india / edition 1 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.
Neither man nor woman: the hijras of india / edition 2 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. Indian society has been tolerant of diverse sexual identities and sexual behaviors as is evident from its mythologies and ancient scripts like the kamasutrathe transgendered hijra community has evolved to form a unique subculture within indian society, existing alongside the ubiquitous heterosexual family. 5 significancefromthestoryofkingbariaofgujeratbaria wasadevoutfollowerofbahucharaji,butwasunhappy becausehehadnosonthroughthegoddess'favourason. Million hijras in india in 2001, although this is only a rough estimate, as hijras cannot be officially counted in government polls, which list no gender categories besides man and woman 8 because of their unique place in india as the third gender, the rise.
I just finished reading a fascinating book called neither man nor woman: the hijras of india by serena nanda (belmont, ca: wadsworth publishing 1990, isbn -534-12204-3) for those of you who may not have heard of them, the hijras are a group of people in india who constitute a third gender category, considered by themselves and by others to be. Neither man nor woman by serena nanda report this page this ethnography is a cultural study of the hijras of india, a religious community of men who dress and act like women. -serena nanda, a leading authority on the hijra, provides access to an important body of knowledge and data on the hijras of india -explores the relation between gender roles and culture particularly in the relation of both to sexual variation.