Repræsentation af hijra

Alex Nanna Greiner Lindblom, Mille Hvid, Andreas Østerskov Brandenborg-Hansen & Ida Marie Heuser

Studenteropgave: Fagmodulprojekt


The purpose of this project is to bring to light what discourse is visible about hijra in a Danish lexicon and a news article from LGBTQ Nation, along with how this discourse influences how hijras can be understood. The paper outlines how gender is understood, both from a binary viewpoint, a LGBTQ+ viewpoint, and from the viewpoint of Judith Butler. It also explains the complexities that comes with the concept of The Third Gender, along with a historical rundown of how hijras have been understood and described. It accounts for Gayatri Spivaks theories about the subaltern and uses these to explain how hijras are talked about, without their own perspective being heard. The methodology in this project is critical discourse, which is used to make the discourse in the aforementioned articles more visible. The results of this analysis are that both articles, in various ways, puts hijras in a subaltern position. Gyldendals article is stuck in a rigid binary understanding of gender, which results in hijras being misunderstood, and thereby misrepresented. LGBTQ Nations’ article continuously uses ‘transgender’ instead of hijra, which means the hijras are effectively silenced. The project does not have a set conclusion, but instead opens up for further discussions on the subject of hijra and gender.

UddannelserKultur- og Sprogmødestudier, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor
Udgivelsesdato16 dec. 2019
Antal sider42
VejledereSusan Dawit Zekiros


  • hijra
  • diskurs
  • trankønnet
  • spivak
  • Butler