Migration and Sexuality

Sunday, 10 July 2016: 09:00-10:30
Location: Hörsaal 07 (Main Building)
RC31 Sociology of Migration (host committee)

Language: English

Spatial movements are often associated with changes in preferences, norms and practices. These changes often involve the most intimate spheres, both through selective adaptation of native sexual subcultures and through experimentation with new opportunities and constraints.

There is nothing new in the interest for the transformation of intimate norms and practices during migration. A century ago, the Chicago School had already highlighted the role of spatial mobility in shaping changes in sexual norms and behaviors. Even Kinsey, in his pioneering work, duly stressed migration experiences as potentially significant for explaining sexual behavior.

Still, a sustained dialogue between sociologists of migration and sociologists of sexuality is largely missing. Scholars working in one of these fields often ignore substantial findings identified by the other. Only in recent years, a seminal stream of literature has been slowly emerging. We are still, however, far from having an adequate understanding of the issue.

The session will follow the regular session format. It will offer a forum for sociologists doing empirical work on the connections between sexual behavior and migration experiences. The ideal paperwill deal with analytically well-defined changes in sexual life broadly defined - as changes in sexual identities, norms, networks of sociability, meaning, practices or behavior - brought about by migration. Studies able to explore migration-related changes in both the immigrant and the native population will be particularly appreciated.

Martina CVAJNER, University of Trento, Italy and Giuseppe SCIORTINO, University of Trento, Italy
Sexuality in the Migration Process: Latin American Migrants in Chicago and Buenos Aires
Carolina ROSAS, Instituto de Investigaciones Gino Germani, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina; Cecilia GAYET, Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales, Mexico