Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Global and Sociocultural Studies
First Advisor's Name
Dr. Percy Hintzen
First Advisor's Committee Title
Second Advisor's Name
Dr. Heather Russell
Second Advisor's Committee Title
Third Advisor's Name
Dr. Matthew Marr
Third Advisor's Committee Title
Fourth Advisor's Name
Dr. Guillermo Grenier
Fourth Advisor's Committee Title
social and cultural anthropology
Date of Defense
This dissertation examines the cultural politics of stigma, discrimination, and gender-based violence encountered by persons becoming male-to-female (MtF) transgenders in postcolonial Jamaica. The issue of stigma, discrimination, and gender-based violence has been the subject of considerable research in the Global North but has failed to adequately address institutional structures and cultural practices that continue to produce postcolonial realities in the Global South. Transphobic violence in Jamaica is captured by a 2014 Human Rights Watch report detailing the murder of 16-year-old Dwayne Jones, who was engaging in processes of becoming a male-to-female transgender. While attending a dance party attired in women’s clothing, Jones was beaten, chopped, shot, and her/his body run over with a car after it was discovered that she/he was not biologically female. Thus, the research analyzes and examines how persons becoming MtF transgenders are violated by cultural practices and institutional structures that are embedded in postcolonial realities of stigma, discrimination, and gender-based violence (transphobic violence). Drawing on theoretical approaches to queer and transgender studies, structural stigma, postcolonial heteropatriarchy, spatial practice, and precarity, the research presents an ethnography that exposes everyday stigma, discrimination, and gender-based violence experienced by persons becoming MtF transgenders.
McIntosh, Kemar, "Living Precariously: The Cultural Politics of Becoming Transgender in Postcolonial Jamaica" (2021). FIU Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 4785.
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