Negotiating Identity and Social Existence; Narratives of HIV+ve Trans-Women in Nagaland

Journal of the Anthropological Survey of India, 66(1-2) : (261-276), 2017

Negotiating Identity and Social Existence; Narratives of HIV+ve Trans-Women in Nagaland

Kitoholi V Zhimo
Department of Anthropology, University of Delhi, Delhi

Abstract
In contemporary usage, ‘transgender’ is used as an umbrella term for individuals whose gender expression runs against societal binary construction of gender, including transsexuals, cross –dressers, drag-kings, drag-queens, gender queer individuals and those who do not identify themselves with either of the two sexes currently defined. In other words, transgender may also used as a broad term to refer to people who do not conform to the traditional gender norms and boundaries or whose ‘concept of self’ appear to conflict with the assigned gender at birth. Generally, those individuals who identify themselves as ‘transgenders’ defy rigid, binary gender construction, and tend to break away from the prevalent stereotypical gender roles or conventional concept of masculinity and feminity.

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