By Anna Morcom

Till the Thirties no girl may well practice in public and keep respectability in India. expert lady performers have been courtesans and dancing women who lived past the confines of marriage, yet have been frequently strong figures in social and cultural existence. Women's roles have been usually additionally taken via boys and males, a few of whom have been easily lady impersonators, others transgender. because the past due 19th century the status,  Read more...

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Even the smallest minority can potentially be a threat to the identity and integrity of the whole, especially if they are a ‘disreputable’, moral minority, and especially if they are in a position of cultural prominence that comes to characterise the identity of the nation. This has been the case with female hereditary performers and, to a lesser extent, transvestite or transgender performers.  Similarly, under Bauman’s analysis of modernity’s abhorrence of ambivalence, they can be seen as having been pushed into the more acceptable category of enemy rather than that of stranger.

Gellner (2006), Anderson (1991), Hobsbawm (1992).  This is also the case of work for MSMs in India, yet in practice, much identity­based work continues, as I discuss in chapter seven.  Bauman (1991: 53–74).  Ibid.  This is discussed in chapter two.  See also Escobar (1995) for a classic analysis of the construction of ‘backwardness’ and the ‘third world’. ’, paper given at conference at Sorbonne 11 March 1882.  See Hunt’s discussion of the expansion of political rights following the French Revolution (2007: 146–175).

Ignatieff (1998: 51).  Gellner (2006), Anderson (1991), Hobsbawm (1992).  This is also the case of work for MSMs in India, yet in practice, much identity­based work continues, as I discuss in chapter seven.  Bauman (1991: 53–74).  Ibid.  This is discussed in chapter two.  See also Escobar (1995) for a classic analysis of the construction of ‘backwardness’ and the ‘third world’. ’, paper given at conference at Sorbonne 11 March 1882.  See Hunt’s discussion of the expansion of political rights following the French Revolution (2007: 146–175).

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