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Navigating Identity, Ethnicity, and Politics: A Case Study of Gender Variance in the Central Highlands of Vietnam

Nguyen, Huong LU (2016) In NORMA: International Journal for Masculinity Studies 11(4). p.255-269
Abstract
Based on ethnographic data collected among the Bahnar ethnic
group in the Central Highlands of Vietnam, I discuss the lived
experiences of masculine performing people (assigned female at
birth) whose gender characteristics blur the boundaries between
lesbian and transgender. In reviewing non-normative gender
practices in supernatural rituals in Southeast Asia and in Vietnam I
explore the links between these practices and present-day
terminology and discourses relating to the complexities of gender
and sexual diversity in the secular realm. I also discuss the
disclosure experiences of these people, their vulnerability to social
discrimination and draw attention to the nuances of... (More)
Based on ethnographic data collected among the Bahnar ethnic
group in the Central Highlands of Vietnam, I discuss the lived
experiences of masculine performing people (assigned female at
birth) whose gender characteristics blur the boundaries between
lesbian and transgender. In reviewing non-normative gender
practices in supernatural rituals in Southeast Asia and in Vietnam I
explore the links between these practices and present-day
terminology and discourses relating to the complexities of gender
and sexual diversity in the secular realm. I also discuss the
disclosure experiences of these people, their vulnerability to social
discrimination and draw attention to the nuances of contingent
masculinities against the backdrop of the complex inter-ethnic
relations in the Central Highlands. (Less)
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gender nonconformity, masculinity, politics, ethnicity, Bahnar
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NORMA: International Journal for Masculinity Studies
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11
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4
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255 - 269
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Taylor & Francis
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10.1080/18902138.2016.1259845
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  abstract     = {Based on ethnographic data collected among the Bahnar ethnic<br/>group in the Central Highlands of Vietnam, I discuss the lived<br/>experiences of masculine performing people (assigned female at<br/>birth) whose gender characteristics blur the boundaries between<br/>lesbian and transgender. In reviewing non-normative gender<br/>practices in supernatural rituals in Southeast Asia and in Vietnam I<br/>explore the links between these practices and present-day<br/>terminology and discourses relating to the complexities of gender<br/>and sexual diversity in the secular realm. I also discuss the<br/>disclosure experiences of these people, their vulnerability to social<br/>discrimination and draw attention to the nuances of contingent<br/>masculinities against the backdrop of the complex inter-ethnic<br/>relations in the Central Highlands.},
  author       = {Nguyen, Huong},
  keyword      = {gender nonconformity,masculinity,politics,ethnicity,Bahnar},
  language     = {eng},
  month        = {11},
  number       = {4},
  pages        = {255--269},
  publisher    = {Taylor & Francis},
  series       = {NORMA: International Journal for Masculinity Studies},
  title        = {Navigating Identity, Ethnicity, and Politics: A Case Study of Gender Variance in the Central Highlands of Vietnam},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/18902138.2016.1259845},
  volume       = {11},
  year         = {2016},
}