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A third sex identity: Assessing cultural and structural violence against intersex people in Tanzania

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dc.contributor.author Thomas, Grace
dc.date.accessioned 2017-07-06T10:32:32Z
dc.date.available 2017-07-06T10:32:32Z
dc.date.issued 2017
dc.identifier.citation Thomas, G. (2016). A third sex identity: Assessing cultural and structural violence against intersex people in Tanzania (Unpublished master’s thesis). University of Zimbabwe, Harare. en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10646/3313
dc.description.abstract This is a study involving intersex people and their lived realities in the communities. The study involved 18 interviews which targeted an intersex person, parents, a religious leader, governmental and non-governmental organisations. Respondents were classified according to their roles in the community and within their institutional levels. This paper aims at highlighting some of the impact intersex people have had on a variety of theories of sex and gender in Tanzania, and examine whether the intersex movement could effectively use legal frameworks developed by African feminist to modify the existing practices that are based on sex and gender systems. Intersex persons do not conform to the society’s fundamental assumptions that there are only two sexes and only two types of normal bodies. My focus on this study is not just to give a voice to intersex people and how they experience intersexuality, but also to highlight how various social and legal structures have provided services in a way that exclude intersex people. It also assessed the views of health professionals and the community at large on medical treatment and management of people with intersex condition. The paper also argues that intersex people should not be grouped in a group of homosexuals, being intersex is about biological make up while being homosexual is about sexual orientation, therefore their issues needs to be addressed differently, their needs cannot be compared to homosexuals. It goes further on advocating for having separate organisations that specifically address the rights of intersex people. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship NORAD en_US
dc.language.iso en_ZW en_US
dc.subject formal equality en_US
dc.subject sex identity en_US
dc.subject cultural violence. en_US
dc.subject human rights en_US
dc.subject discrimination en_US
dc.subject third sex en_US
dc.subject hermaphrodite en_US
dc.subject dual genitalia en_US
dc.title A third sex identity: Assessing cultural and structural violence against intersex people in Tanzania en_US
dc.contributor.registrationnumber R156064D en_US
thesis.degree.advisor Katsande, Rosalie K.
thesis.degree.country Zimbabwe en_US
thesis.degree.discipline Womens Law en_US
thesis.degree.faculty Faculty of Law en_US
thesis.degree.grantor University of Zimbabwe en_US
thesis.degree.grantoremail specialcol@uzlib.uz.ac.zw
thesis.degree.level MA en_US
thesis.degree.name Masters in Women’s Law en_US
thesis.degree.thesistype Thesis en_US
dc.date.defense 2016


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