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Regimes of LegalityEthnography of Criminal Cases in South Asia$
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Daniela Berti and Devika Bordia

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199456741

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199456741.001.0001

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From ‘She-males’ to ‘Unix’

From ‘She-males’ to ‘Unix’

Transgender Rights and the Productive Paradoxes of Pakistani Policing*

(p.258) 8 From ‘She-males’ to ‘Unix’
Regimes of Legality

Jeffrey A. Redding

Oxford University Press

In the summer of 2009, the Supreme Court of Pakistan ordered the Government of Pakistan, and also Pakistan’s provincial governments, to better provide for Pakistan’s transgendered citizens. While the legal and social issues raised by the Supreme Court of Pakistan’s recent actions can be examined in many different ways and for many different purposes, this chapter analyses how and why different conceptions of gender and identity circulated in the events surrounding the Supreme Court’s actions. Specifically, the chapter examines not only how state actors involved in this litigation articulated, at various times and spaces connected to the events surrounding this litigation, different conceptions of Pakistan’s transgendered citizens’ gender, but also why these conceptions changed across time and space. At different moments in this inter-urban and inter-institutional journey, these transgendered individuals were considered to be anything from ‘she-males’, to ‘unix,’ and also other things as well.

Keywords:   Pakistan, transgender, gender, identity, rights

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