Award Date


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Anthropology and Ethnic Studies

First Committee Member

William Jankowiak

Number of Pages



This thesis will focus on the life experiences of transsexual individuals living in the Las Vegas community. This is an ethnographic study that includes field research, extensive interviews, and library research; Through this study I hope to gain better insight as to what motivated these individuals to seek surgical sex reassignment. I wish to explore the similarities and differences between preoperative transsexuals and other transgendered persons, and I hope to tie the experiences of local transsexuals to the experiences of transsexuals in other parts of America in order to determine if there are any social or environmental conditions that may affect transsexuality, such as the availability of estrogen or the degree of acceptance of alternative gender roles within a community.


Androgyny; Challenge; Ethnology; Indexing; Phenomenon; Transgendered

Controlled Subject

Ethnology; Social psychology

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Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas


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