Shakthi Nataraj completed her Ph.D. in Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley, along with a concurrent M.A. in Folklore studies. Her research examined the Transgender Rights Movement in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, through a methodological framework based in linguistic anthropology and queer theory. She focused on how linguistic practice and broader Tamil political and literary movements determined how people conceptualize bodies, sex, transition and social transformation in different cultural contexts. She is currently a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Dickson-Pool School of Law, working on the Laws of Social Reproduction project. Her specific focus within the project is on sex work and how it can be reconceptualized as a form of reproductive labour, helping to broaden the concept of “woman” to extend to persons outside narrowly-conceived family structures and sexual criteria, including sex workers and transgender women.
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