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Gender on the EdgeTransgender, Gay, and Other Pacific Islanders$
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Niko Besnier and Kalissa Alexeyeff

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780824838829

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824838829.001.0001

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Gender on the Edge

Gender on the Edge

Identities, Politics, Transformations

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(p.1) Chapter 1 Gender on the Edge
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Gender on the Edge
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Kalissa Alexeyeff

Niko Besnier

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University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824838829.003.0001

This book explores the variety of ways in which gender is on the edge and the paradox of being on the edge: edginess of gender is both a position of power and one of marginality. Focusing on the transgender and cognate categories in a broad range of Pacific Island societies, the book situates gender on the cutting edge in terms of the position it has come to occupy, in the course of the last half-century, in intellectual debates. It considers how gender intersects with the important social, political, and cultural questions that confront anthropologists and other social scientists, including kinship, the division of labor, religion, law, political institutions, and the economy as well as globalization, colonialism, and history. It also discusses the ways in which nonnormative gendering and sexuality in the Pacific Islands reflect a wide range of sociocultural dynamics that are at once local and global, historical and contemporary. Finally, the book highlights the complexity and apparent contradictions associated with categories, identities, social practices, and moralities.

Keywords:   gender, transgender, kinship, religion, economy, colonialism, nonnormative gendering, sexuality, Pacific Islands, identities

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