- Series: Worlds of Desire: The Chicago Series on Sexuality, Gender, and Culture
- Paperback: 277 pages
- Publisher: University Of Chicago Press; 1 edition (November 15, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0226461009
- ISBN-13: 978-0226461007
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #237,644 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Travesti: Sex, Gender, and Culture among Brazilian Transgendered Prostitutes (Worlds of Desire: The Chicago Series on Sexuality, Gender, and Culture) 1st Edition
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It is wonderful and weirdly fitting that one of the jacket blurbs for this work of social anthropology is by sex educator and former porn star Annie Sprinkle. Just as there is nothing dry or remote about Annie Sprinkle's delivery, there is nothing dry or remote about Don Kulick's. In fact, this may be the most readable and engaging study of transgenderism to surface in years. For seven months in 1994, Kulick lived in a household of "travestis"--Brazilian male prostitutes who live as women. He constantly tape-recorded their casual conversations, whether on the street soliciting customers or in their small rooms in the ghettos of Salvador, and has been able to trace the motivations behind their behavior and body modifications with plausibility and compassion. So absorbing are the details of the travestis' lives, as recounted by Kulick, that the reader can easily miss the author's equally acute analysis of their often bizarre transformations and of what travestis, with their exaggerated performance of "femininity," suggest about the construction of gender in Brazil. --Regina Marler
About the Author
Don Kulick is Professor of Anthropology at New York University. His published works include Language Shift and Cultural Reproduction (1992), Taboo (1995, with Margaret Willson) and Travesti (1998). He is co-editor of the journals Ethnos and GLQ. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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It's a great ethnography that does a wonderful job giving a voice to "travestis" (a word used to describe the transgendered prostitutes in Brazil and many other parts of South America) and really gave good insight to the trans culture and LGBT rights and rights of sex workers in Brazil.
Do keep in mind that this book was published in 1998, and that Kulick's academic background is primarily Linguistic Anthropology, though he has become highly influential in studies surrounding the queer community.