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Gender on the Edge
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Transgender identities and other forms of gender and sexuality that transcend the normative pose important questions about society, culture, politics, and history. They force us to question, for example, the forces that divide humanity into two gender categories and render them necessary, inevitable, and natural. The transgender also exposes a host of dynamics that, at first glance, have little to do with gender or sex, such as processes of power and domination; the complex relationship among agency, subjectivity, and structure; and the mutual constitution of the global and the local.

Particularly intriguing is the fact that gender and sexual diversity appear to be more prevalent in some regions of the world than in others. This edited volume is an exploration of the ways in which non-normative gendering and sexuality in one such region, the Pacific Islands, are implicated in a wide range of socio-cultural dynamics that are at once local and global, historical, and contemporary. The authors recognize that different social configurations, cultural contexts, and historical trajectories generate diverse ways of being transgender across the societies of the region, but they also acknowledge that these differences are overlaid with commonalities and predictabilities. Rather than focus on the definition of identities, they engage with the fact that identities do things, that they are performed in everyday life, that they are transformed through events and movements, and that they are constantly negotiated. By addressing the complexities of these questions over time and space, this work provides a model for future endeavors that seek to embed dynamics of gender and sexuality in a broad field of theoretical import.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Chapter 1: Gender on the Edge: Identities, Politics, Transformations
  2. Kalissa Alexeyeff and Niko Besnier
  3. pp. 1-30
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  1. Part I: Historical Transformations
  2. pp. 31-32
  1. Chapter 2: Queer History and Its Discontents at Tahiti
  2. Deborah Elliston
  3. pp. 33-55
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  1. Chapter 3: “Hollywood” and the Emergence of a fa‘afafine Social Movement in Samoa, 1960–1980
  2. Reevan Dolgoy
  3. pp. 56-72
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  1. Chapter 4: Representing fa‘afafine: Sex, Socialization, and Gender Identity in Samoa
  2. Penelope Schoeffel
  3. pp. 73-90
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  1. Part II: Performing Gender
  2. pp. 91-92
  1. Chapter 5: Living as and Living with Māhū and Raerae: Geopolitics, Sex, and Gender in the Society Islands
  2. Makiko Kuwahara
  3. pp. 93-114
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  1. Chapter 6: Transgender in Samoa: The Cultural Production of Gender Inequality
  2. Serge Tcherkézoff
  3. pp. 115-134
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  1. Chapter 7: Re-Visioning Family: Māhūwahine and Male-to-Female Transgender in Contemporary Hawai‘i
  2. Linda L. Ikeda
  3. pp. 135-161
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  1. Chapter 8: Men Trapped in Women’s Clothing: Homosexuality, Cross-Dressing, and Masculinity in Fiji
  2. Geir Henning Presterudstuen
  3. pp. 162-183
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  1. Chapter 9: Two Sea Turtles: Intimacy between Men in the Marshall Islands
  2. Greg Dvorak
  3. pp. 184-210
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  1. Part III: Politics of the Global
  2. pp. 211-212
  1. Chapter 10: The Fokisi and the Fakaleitī: Provocative Performances in Tonga
  2. Mary K. Good
  3. pp. 213-240
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  1. Chapter 11: Televisual Transgender: Hybridizing the Mainstream in Pasifika New Zealand
  2. Sarina Pearson
  3. pp. 241-265
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  1. Chapter 12: Same Sex, Different Armies: Sexual Minority Invisibility among Fijians in the Fiji Military Forces and British Army
  2. Teresia K. Teaiwa
  3. pp. 266-292
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  1. Chapter 13: In Sickness and in Health: Evolving Trends in Gay Rights Advocacy in Fiji
  2. Nicole George
  3. pp. 293-322
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  1. Chapter 14: On the Edge of Understanding: Non-Heteronormative Sexuality in Papua New Guinea
  2. Christine Stewart
  3. pp. 323-346
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  1. Chapter 15: Outwith the Law in Samoa and Tonga
  2. Sue Farran
  3. pp. 347-370
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  1. Notes on Contributors
  2. pp. 371-374
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 375-378
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  1. Back Cover
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