Apr 13, Megan rated it it was amazing. Other editions. In this dramatic and compelling narrative, anthropologist Don Kulick follows the lives of a group of transgendered prostitutes called travestis in Portuguese in the Brazilian city Salvador.
Read it for a Women's Studies course in college and just really felt for these "women. Kulick does not indicate whether he believes prostitution is an essential part of being a travesti, or, to approach it from another angle, if there could be a travesti future without prostitution.
Eye-opening beyond words. In stock online. Throughout the course of the ethnography, Kulick explores the construction of gender in greater Brazil through the experiential understanding of travestis. My feelings of guilt were further solidified as I eagerly marveled over the descriptions of travestis injecting themselves with industrial silicone and att Though I was intrigued when I came across this book, I felt a little apprehensive, largely because of some hang-ups I've come to have about the concept on ethnography in general.
Transgender Identities: Within and beyond the constraints of heteronormativity. Following the lives of a group of transgendered prostitutes in Salvador, this text analyzes the ways that they modify their bodies, explores their motivations, examines their complex relationships and discovers how prostitution for most travestis is a positive and affirmative experience.
Despite such irreversible physiological changes, virtually no travesti identifies herself as a woman. Related Papers.
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