Ethnicity and Sexuality

  title={Ethnicity and Sexuality},
  author={Joane Nagel},
  journal={Review of Sociology},
  • Joane Nagel
  • Published 1 August 2000
  • Sociology
  • Review of Sociology
This paper explores the connections between ethnicity and sexuality. Racial, ethnic, and national boundaries are also sexual boundaries. The borderlands dividing racial, ethnic, and national identities and communities constitute ethnosexual frontiers, erotic intersections that are heavily patrolled, policed, and protected, yet regularly are penetrated by individuals forging sexual links with ethnic “others.” Normative heterosexuality is a central component of racial, ethnic, and nationalist… 

Figures from this paper

Racial, Ethnic, and National Boundaries: Sexual Intersections and Symbolic Interactions

Sex and race are strained, if not strange, bedfellows. Sexual depictions and denigrations of racial, ethnic, and national “ others” and the regulation of in-group sexual behavior are important

The Importance of Sexuality for Research on Ethnicity and Nationalism

This article argues for a more systematic inclusion of human sexuality in studies of ethnicity and nationalism. Reviewing key extant social science research on sexuality, it highlights how scholars

Border-crossing as Sexual Subjects

Transnational migration shapes young people’s sexual subjectivity in profound ways as cultural and racial borders are crossed. In this context, interracial relationships occupy an uneasy position

Shifting Sexual Boundaries: Ethnicity and Pre-marital Sex in the Lives of South Asian American Women

Immigrants and their children engage in several forms of boundary making as a means of developing a sense of belonging in America. Second-generation Americans are at the crossroads between meeting

Bisexual, pansexual, queer: Non-binary identities and the sexual borderlands

This article focuses on sexualities in the USA that exist within the border between heterosexuality and homosexuality. I first examine the usefulness of applying borderland theory to

Countering illegibility: Religion, ethnicity and sexuality in public debates and lived experience in Belgium

Abstract In this article, I set out to explore various intersectional social constructions of ethnicity, religion and sexuality. First, I conduct an analysis of recent public controversies in

Who is the sexually progressive subject? Sexual, cultural and ethnic (un)belonging among younger Iranian-Dutch

  • Rahil Roodsaz
  • Sociology
    International Journal of Cultural Studies
  • 2019
Over the past two decades, issues of sexuality and gender have increasingly become instrumentalized in us/them demarcations in public debates on the position of ethnic and religious minority groups

Labels of love: How migrants negotiate (or not) the culture of sexual identity

Drawing on in-depth interviews with 10 French lesbians, gays and bisexuals (LGBs) living in the United States and 13 American LGBs living in France, this article examines how national cultural

Puerto Rican Wannabes

The “Puerto Rican wannabe” is one contemporary, local expression of contested racial identities—identities that are also inflected with class and gender meanings. This study uses interviews with

Constituting Ethnicity Through Discourses of Virginity and Marriage

In this chapter, Redai explores how Gypsy and Hungarian ethnicity gets constituted through discourses of virginity and marriage in a gendered way. First, she reviews relevant concepts in Hungarian



Sites of desire, economies of pleasure : sexualities in Asia and the Pacific

This is an examination of erotic encounters between European, Asian and Pacific people. These essays explore how sexual practice and sexual meanings have been constructed across cultural borders in

Two-spirit people : Native American gender identity, sexuality, and spirituality

This landmark book combines the voices of Native Americans and non-Indians, anthropologists and others, in an exploration of gender and sexuality issues as they relate to lesbian, gay,

Constructing Ethnicity: Creating and Recreating Ethnic Identity and Culture

Contrary to expectations implicit in the image of the “melting pot” that ethnic distinctions could be eliminated in US society, the resurgence of ethnic nationalism in the United States and around

making empire respectable: the politics of race and sexual morality in 20th‐century colonial cultures

With sustained challenges to European rule in African and Asian colonies in the early 20th century, sexual prescriptions by class, race and gender became increasingly central to the politics of rule

Hatreds: Racialized and Sexualized Conflicts in the 21st Century

Eisenstein tracks developments such as racialized ethnic and gender conflict; the new male democracies of eastern Europe; the new Democrats of the Clinton era - exploring the 'politics of hate'. In

Passing and the Fictions of Identity

Passing refers to the process whereby a person of one race, gender, nationality, or sexual orientation adopts the guise of another. Historically, this has often involved black slaves passing as white

Majority and Minority: The Dynamics of Race and Ethnicity in American Life

* Asterisk indicates articles new to this edition. I.INTRODUCTION: DEFINITIONS AND PERSPECTIVES. 1.Race, Caste, and Other Invidious Distinctions in Social Stratification, Gerald D. Berreman.

Intimate Frontiers: Sex, Gender, and Culture in Old California

This book reveals how powerful undercurrents of sex, gender, and culture helped shape the history of the American frontier from the 1760s to the 1850s. Looking at California under three flags --

Sex in Public

A paper titled "Sex in Public" teases with the obscurity of its object and the twisted aim of its narrative. In this paper we will be talking not about the sex people already have clarity about, nor