Beauty and Power (Explorations in Anthropology Series) / Edition 1

Beauty and Power (Explorations in Anthropology Series) / Edition 1

by Mark Johnson, M. Johnson
     
 

This compelling study of gender and sexual diversity in the Southern Philippines addresses general questions about the relationship between the making of gender and sexualities, the politics of national and ethnic identities and processes of cultural transformation in a world of contract labourers and transnational consumers. The book focuses, in particular, on the

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This compelling study of gender and sexual diversity in the Southern Philippines addresses general questions about the relationship between the making of gender and sexualities, the politics of national and ethnic identities and processes of cultural transformation in a world of contract labourers and transnational consumers. The book focuses, in particular, on the meaning and experience of local 'gays' -- transvestite/transgender-homosexual men -- who are at once celebrated as purveyors of beauty (defined in terms of a global American otherness) and valorized as impotent men and defiled women. In short, America functions both as a sign of their abjected status and as a space for imagining and reformulating various gendered identities.

This innovative work -- one of the first ethnographic studies to be published in the aftermath of the region's civil unrest -- will be of interest to anyone working on gender, the body and sexuality. Not only does it extend the boundaries of cross-cultural studies of non-mainstream genders and sexualities by directly engaging the entanglement of local sensibilities with global images and discourse, but it also demonstrates that there is nothing ambiguous about ambiguity -- gendered, sexual or otherwise. Rather, this ambiguity is the specific product of different historical relations of power through which various cultural subjects are created and re-create themselves.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781859739259
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date:
09/01/1997
Series:
Explorations in Anthropology Series
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.57(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction: Transvestite Performances1
1On Location(s): Cultural Crossings and Transformational Genders16
2Gender, History and Power: The Politics of Identities and Identifications43
3On the Engenderment of Gay/Bantut Sexuality85
4Growing Up Gay: Narrative Themes in Gay Life-Histories113
5Beauty and Vulgarity: Occupational Reinventions and Aesthetic Circumscriptions of the Gay/Bantut146
6Imagining Love: Cartographies of Homosocialities and Transgenderal Identities181
7Anomalous Bodies: Transgenderings and Cultural Transformations215
Appendix241
Bibliography245
Index255

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