Intersectionality and South Asian Non-Normative Sexualities: The case of South Asian lesbians and bisexual women in the United Kingdom

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Abstract

There is a substantial South Asian diasporic population in the United Kingdom, including, in particular, second- and third-generation immigrants who have made their homes in Britain and who may continue to have strong transnational affiliations. Little is known about British South Asian women who are non-heterosexual. This chapter provides analysis based on a qualitative research project conducted with lesbian, bisexual and queer British South Asian cisgender women from a range of ethnic, faith and geographical backgrounds. The research utilised a critical narrative approach in order to gain an in-depth insight into processes of identity construction, the management of different cultural pressures, gendered elements, consumerism and cosmopolitanism and negotiations of global North/South relations. Intersectionality theory is used as a tool in helping illuminate both agentic processes and structural forces of discrimination as experienced by the women who contributed to the study. The chapter helps to address the deficit in transnational intersectionality studies.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGender, Sexuality, Decolonization
Subtitle of host publicationSouth Asia in the World Perspective
EditorsAhonaa Roy
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherRoutledge
Chapter8
Number of pages18
Edition1st
ISBN (Electronic)9781003025474
ISBN (Print)9780367901240
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 29 Dec 2020

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