Queer intersections: Sexuality and gender in migration studies

Martin F. Manalansan IV

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This essay examines the historical and theoretical development of sexuality in migration research. Noting gaps and omissions in the literature, the essay proposes a dual notion of sexuality including one that is produced by the intersection of other social identities such as class and race, and a queer studies-derived idea of the sexual that goes against the normalizing of heterosexual institutions and practices. Utilizing a case study of Filipina migrant workers, the essay demonstrates the pivotal role of sexuality in the future of gender and migration research through a critique of the implicit normative assumptions around family, heterosexual reproduction, and marriage that abound in this body of literature, and how a critical notion of sexuality enables a more inclusive and accurate portrait of global gendered migration.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)224-249
Number of pages26
JournalInternational Migration Review
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2006
Externally publishedYes


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