Race and Sexuality
Race and Sexuality

The connections between race and sexuality are constant in our lives, yet race and sexuality are not often linked together in productive, analytical ways.

This illuminating book delves into the interrelation of race and sexuality as inseparable elements of our identities and social lives. The authors approach the study of race and sexuality through an interdisciplinary lens, focusing on power, social arrangements and hierarchies, and the production of social difference. Their analysis maps the historical, discursive, and structural manifestations of race and sexuality, noting the everyday effects that the intersections of these categories have on people’s lived experiences. Considering both US-based and transnational cases, this book presents an empirical grounding for understanding how race and sexuality are mutually constitutive categories.

Providing a comprehensive overview of racialized sexualities, Race and Sexuality is an essential text for any advanced course on race, sexuality, and intersectionality.

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  • March 2018
  • 192 pages
  • 138 x 216 mm / 5 x 9 in
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Table of Contents


PART I: Discourses of Race/Sexuality

Chapter 1: Two Systems Operating Synchronously

Chapter 2: Race and Sexualities in Everyday Life

Spotlight 2.1 Racialized Sexualities and the “Down Low”

PART II: Transnational, Local, and Global Sexual/Raced Messages

Chapter 3: Racialized Sexualization in Transnational Human Rights

Spotlight 3.1 Contradictions and Advancements in Colombia: Some Context

Chapter 4: Racing Sex Work

Spotlight 4.1 Racialized Embodiments, Differential Treatment

Chapter 5: Sexualizing Immigration

Spotlight 5.1 Clare Sears’s Arresting Dress: Stereotypes Influencing Policy Making

Conclusion: Racialized Sexualities - On Experience, Policy, and Scholarship
About the Author

Salvador Vidal-Ortiz is Associate Professor of Sociology at American University

Brandon Andrew Robinson is a University of California Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California, Riverside

Cristina Khan is a Doctoral Candidate at the University of Connecticut

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Race and Sexuality shows how the connections between these forms of difference emerge in the stereotypes that inform how one group thinks of another, in political agendas that foster inequalities, in media representations of domestic minorities and transnational migrants, and in the justifications of contemporary wars. In doing so, the book posits the still novel idea that to study the intersections of race and sexuality is nothing less than a confrontation with everyday life.”
Roderick Ferguson, University of Illinois at Chicago

“This book is a wonderful primer on the intersections of race and sexuality. Accessible and lucid, it leads uninitiated and sophisticated students through the complexities of racialized sexualities, addressing timely issues and concerns across the global North and global South.”
Jyoti Puri, Simmons College, Boston

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