The paradox of recognition: hijra, third gender and sexual rights in Bangladesh

  title={The paradox of recognition: hijra, third gender and sexual rights in Bangladesh},
  author={Adnan Hossain},
  journal={Culture, Health \& Sexuality},
  pages={1418 - 1431}
  • A. Hossain
  • Published 12 May 2017
  • Sociology
  • Culture, Health & Sexuality
Abstract Hijra, the iconic figure of South Asian gender and sexual difference, comprise a publicly institutionalised subculture of male-bodied feminine-identified people. Although they have existed as a culturally recognised third gender for a very long time, it is only recently that hijra have been legally recognised as a third gender in several South Asian countries. This paper focuses on the transformation of this long-running cultural category of third gender into a legal category of third… 
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