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Brazilian 'Travesti' Migrations

Gender, Sexualities and Embodiment Experiences

Authors: Vartabedian, Julieta

  • Sheds new light on the interconnections between identity, gender, sexualities and geographical displacement
  • Analyses the impact of bodily and geographic migrations on ‘travesti’ subjectivities
  • Provides an innovative contribution to debates on trans issues, gender and identity
  • Builds bridges between Portuguese and Spanish discussions of trans issues and those in the English-speaking world
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About this book

This book sheds new light on the interconnections between identity, gender and geographical displacement. At its centre are Brazilian travesti migrants, assigned as male at birth but later seeking to convey the aesthetic attributes of women by repeatedly performing a minutely-studied type of femininity. Despite the fact that they have been migrating between Brazil and Europe for more than forty years, very little is know about them, especially in the English-speaking world. This work therefore fills a significant lacuna in our understandings of sexualities, bodies and trans issues, whilst rejecting hegemonic terms such as 'transsexual' and 'transgender' in favour of the specificity of the travesti. What it presents is an ethnographical study of their bodily and geographic-spatial migrations, analysing how they become travestis through the gendered modification of their bodies, their involvement in sex work, and the transnational migrations to Europe that many of them make. Examining their lives in both Brazil and Europe, it also analyses how their migrations influence the construction of their subjectivities. Drawing on extensive fieldwork in Brazil and Barcelona, this exciting book will appeal to all those interested in gender, sexuality and transgender issues.












About the authors

Julieta Vartabedian is a researcher at the Department of Sociology at the University of Cambridge, UK. In her work she combines gender studies, feminist theory, ethnographic and embodiment research. Her articles have been published in Qualitative Research and Sexualities.




Reviews

“Brazilian ‘Travesti’ Migrations offers a rich and nuanced analysis of the cultures of travestis in Rio de Janeiro and Barcelona. Emerging from a feminist ethics and paying particular attention to embodiment and aesthetics, it tells a moving and often heroic story of gender diverse lives, loves and bodies. This is a wonderful addition to sexuality and gender research.” (Sally Hines, Associate Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies, University of Leeds, UK)

“Vartabedian’s fascinating ethnographic account reveals not only how some performances of femininity are valued more than others, but how these performances are simultaneously a way of enacting exoticized versions of Brazilianness. Importantly, she showcases the limitations of eurocentric sex/gender taxonomies for accommodating travesti ways of being and suggests that transgender studies further work to do if it is to interpret travesti lives without doing epistemological violence to them.” (Susan Stryker, Associate Professor of Gender and Women's Studies, University of Arizona, USA, and co-editor, TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)
  • Introducing Brazilian Travesti Migrations

    Vartabedian, Julieta

    Pages 1-20

  • Disrupting Dichotomous Boundaries of Gender and Sexuality

    Vartabedian, Julieta

    Pages 21-43

  • Brazilian Travestis and the Beginning of Our Encounters

    Vartabedian, Julieta

    Pages 45-66

  • On Bodies, Beauty, and Travesti Femininity

    Vartabedian, Julieta

    Pages 67-111

  • On Clients, Maridos, and Travestis’ Sexualities

    Vartabedian, Julieta

    Pages 113-137

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Hardcover 93,59 €
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Softcover 93,59 €
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Brazilian 'Travesti' Migrations
Book Subtitle
Gender, Sexualities and Embodiment Experiences
Authors
Series Title
Genders and Sexualities in the Social Sciences
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-77101-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-77101-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-77100-7
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-08370-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 246
Number of Illustrations
7 b/w illustrations
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