New PDF release: Behind the Mask: Gender Hybridity in a Zapotec Community

By Alfredo Mirandé

ISBN-10: 0816535442

ISBN-13: 9780816535446

The snapshot of biologically male humans dancing whereas wearing the normal, colourful dresses of Zapotec, Juchiteca, ladies 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 quite a hybrid 3rd gender.

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

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

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