Behind the Mask: Gender Hybridity in a Zapotec Community by Alfredo Mirandé PDF

By Alfredo Mirandé

ISBN-10: 0816535442

ISBN-13: 9780816535446

The photograph of biologically male humans dancing whereas wearing the conventional, colourful clothes of Zapotec, Juchiteca, adult females stands in sharp distinction to the existing view of Mexico because the land of charros, machismo, and unbridled ranchero masculinity. those indigenous everyone is referred to as los muxes, and they're neither guy nor girl, yet particularly a hybrid 3rd gender.

After seeing a video of a muxe vela, or competition, sociologist Alfredo Mirandé was once intrigued via the contradiction among Mexico’s patriarchal acceptance and its hot recognition of los muxes. looking to get prior conventional Mexican masculinity, he provides us with Behind the Mask, which mixes ancient research, ethnographic box learn, and interviews carried out with los muxes of Juchitán over a interval of 7 years. Mirandé saw group occasions, attended muxe velas, and interviewed either muxes and different Juchitán citizens. Prefaced by way of an outline of the research tools and pattern, the publication demanding situations the ideology of a male-dominated Mexican society pushed through the cult of machismo, that includes images along 4 appendixes.

Delving into many facets in their lives and tradition, the writer discusses how the muxes are perceived through others, how the muxes understand themselves, and the popularity of a 3rd gender prestige between quite a few North American indigenous teams. Mirandé compares conventional Mexicano/Latino conceptions of gender and sexuality to fashionable or Western item selection configurations. He concludes via featuring a brand new hybrid version for rethinking those probably contradictory and conflicting gender systems.

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