On The Muxes--Mexico's Third Gender. A lecture by Dr. Alfedo Mirandé
Join us on Tuesday, November 8, at Noon in LDC 104, for an exciting lecture by Professor Alfredo Mirandé. He will be presenting his book “Behind the Mask. Gender Hybridity in a Zapotec Community,” which explores the history and lives of the muxes—the third gender in Juchitán. The book combines historical analysis, ethnographic field research, and interviews conducted with muxes of Juchitán over a period of seven years. This research challenges conceptions of an all-male-dominated Mexico and presents the author’s theoretical insights for rethinking the gender binary systems of western societies.
Dr. Mirande is Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Riverside. He received a B.S. in Social Science from Illinois State University; M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Sociology from the University of Nebraska; and a JD from Stanford University. Mirandé was a National Research Council Fellow in Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley; a Rockefeller Fellow in Sociology at Stanford University; and was inducted into the Illinois State University Hall of Fame. He is the author of twelve books. His teaching and research interests are in Chicano sociology; gender, masculinity; transnational migration; law; social justice; and the relationship among law, race, class, and gender.