With respect to sex; Negotiating Hijra identity in South India Paperback – 11 Aug 2008
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A much better book on the subject is Neither Man Nor Woman by Serena Nanda which is very well written, interesting, and accessible by the layperson.
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Neither Man Nor Woman presents hijras as an example of a third gender, and it includes potted biographies of several hijras. It is very accessible: a good introductory book. Gayatri Reddy is determined to contribute something new to the discussion of hijras. Consequently, there's a lot of discussion about theories of gender, some of which might be heavy going for students. Those sections are really aimed at fellow anthropologists and theorists. Reddy does not describe the ceremony of castration in great detail because that has already been done by Serena Nanda. However, her determination to present hijras as more than just an example of a third gender does have its benefits. Not only are hijras neither men nor women, they are both Muslims and Hindus. They are Hindus in so far as they worship a Hindu Goddess, Bedhraj Mata (or Bahuchara Mata), but they frequently make the claim that "We are all Muslims", seeing castration as an extreme form of circumcision, a mark of Muslim identity. Reddy devotes more attention to this apparent paradox than Nanda does. Since my class is specifically about Gender and Religion, not just Gender Theory, this might be a more useful book.
I cannot agree with the publisher that this is the definitive book on hijras, and I think that Serena Nanda's book is still the best introductory text. But it is still a useful addition to the literature.