Obscenity, Moral Contagion and Masculinity: Hijras in Public Space in Colonial North India

@article{Hinchy2014ObscenityMC,
  title={Obscenity, Moral Contagion and Masculinity: Hijras in Public Space in Colonial North India},
  author={Jessica Hinchy},
  journal={Asian Studies Review},
  year={2014},
  volume={38},
  pages={274 - 294}
}
  • J. Hinchy
  • Published 3 April 2014
  • Sociology
  • Asian Studies Review
Abstract: In the 1850s, the British “discovered” a community of transgender eunuch performers, the hijras, and legislated for their surveillance and control under the Criminal Tribes Act (CTA) in 1871. This article examines how the British dealt with transgender colonial subjects and the implications for our understanding of colonial masculinities. In particular, I analyse colonial attempts to erase hijras as a visible socio-cultural category and gender identity in public space through the… 

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