The Gendered and Sexualized Politics of Belonging: Reflections on Migrating Sexualities

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This paper offers theoretically informed preliminary empirical insights into queer border crossing activities from a doctoral study on Iranian sexual refuge migration to and via Turkey. First, the paper traces the antecedent literature on the question of sexuality and gender in order to be able to investigate the intersections between gender, sexuality, and diverse forms of belonging across national and transnational contexts with a particular focus on “refugeeness” and “queer-ness”. The latter is the main issue of the second part of the paper where the paper also argues for the potential of the international refugee system to essentialize and multiply distinctions and inequalities among queer/migrants based on hierarchical axes of difference. Finally, this essay considers the implications of an integrative approach that recognize the inextricable but separate social existences of gender and sexuality as two distinct axes of power as a needed intellectual strategy in order to read into the real diversity and complexity of contemporary cross-border mobilities.


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  • Other Social Sciences
  • Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)


  • sociology, sociologi
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusUnpublished - 2012
Publication categoryResearch
EventPhD Summer School on Transnational Migration and Development. Bergen University - Bergen, Norway
Duration: 2012 Jun 202012 Jun 22


ConferencePhD Summer School on Transnational Migration and Development. Bergen University