chapter  7
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Sexuality and Migration Studies: The Invisible, the Oxymoronic and Heteronormative Othering

In feminist theorisations of intersectionality, understood as the intersecting of hierarchical axes of difference, the ‘classical triad’ of ‘race’, class and gender has increasingly been augmented with other dimensions of socio-cultural and economic inequality, including that of sexual orientation. Contemporary intersectionality paradigms differ with regard to the scope of different axes thought to be relevant (Anthias 2001, Klinger 2003, Knapp 2005, Lutz and Wenning 2001), but sexual orientation now figures fairly regularly on their lists, while heteronormativity is increasingly recognised as an important dimension of most gender regimes.2