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Title: The desire of the soul : negotiating the politics of sexuality, the body and HIV/AIDS discourse in Mumbai, India
Author: Roy, Ahonaa
ISNI:       0000 0004 2724 8911
Awarding Body: University of Sussex
Current Institution: University of Sussex
Date of Award: 2012
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The thesis portrays various spaces in Mumbai where certain non-normative sexualities interact in relation to the consumption of cultural or material resources with which they build their gender, identity and sexuality. In relation to it, this piece of work interrogates the hijra or the popular transvestite population in Mumbai, and the ways in which they represent their bodies. It explores linkages between these processes, and the modern consumption of beauty practices, feminization of their bodies like the consumption of female hormone tablets, and surgical measures like silicone breast implants. Through these mechanisms, the hijras embody beauty and other facets of bodily modifications in constructing their identity. These embodied practices of beauty by the hijras further charts the new meaning of the hijra body in respect to the local identification of their identity in relation to the global transgender identities. Furthermore, with regards to the body modifications and construction of identities, the research also draws attention to the transsexual identified individuals in Mumbai and the clinical discourses that are related to transsexual experience in this context. Thus, the thesis as a whole negotiates the various strands of transgender identities in Mumbai and (dis) similarities in which hijras represent their identities to the society, and claim their gender.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: HQ0019 Sexual behaviour and attitudes. Sexuality ; JQ0200 India ; RA0644.A25 AIDS. HIV infections