Around the world lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex and queer individuals are subjected to violence and intimidation based on their real or perceived sexuality, gender identity or expression. With those most at risk of human rights violations often living in areas of low economic development, questions of sexuality, gender identity, and expression have become a significant area of research within the field of development studies. The Routledge Handbook of Queer Development Studies is the first full length study of queer development studies, collecting the very best in research from around the world. Topics for discussion include:

  • Queering policy and planning in development
  • Queer development critique and queer critiques of development
  • Global LGBTIQ rights
  • Queer social movements and mobilizations

At a time when development and human rights organizations such as the World Bank, Office of the UN Secretary General and Human Rights Watch are placing increasing importance on global LGBT rights, the Routledge Handbook of Queer Development Studies is an essential guide for scholars, upper level students, practitioners and anyone with an interest in global sexualities, gender identities, and expressions.

part I|53 pages

Queering policy and planning

chapter 1|12 pages

Changing families and communities

An LGBT contribution to an alternative development path 1

chapter 3|13 pages

Queerying development planning

Recognizing needs and identifying vulnerable populations in Africa

chapter 4|13 pages

Gender, sexuality and development

Avenues for action in a post-2015 development era

part II|60 pages

Queer development critique

chapter 5|29 pages

Arrested development or the queerness of savages

Resisting evolutionary narratives of difference

chapter 6|17 pages

Dangerous liaisons?

(Homo)developmentalism, sexual modernization and LGBTIQ rights in Europe

chapter 7|12 pages

Decolonising development work

A transfeminist perspective 1

part III|60 pages

Global LGBTIQ rights

chapter 8|22 pages

Critique of ‘sexual orientation’ and ‘gender identity’ in human rights discourse

Global queer politics beyond the Yogyakarta Principles

chapter 9|14 pages

LGBTIQ (in)visibility

A human security approach to SOGIESC

chapter 10|11 pages

Liveable lives

A transnational queer-feminist reflection on sexuality, development and governance

chapter 11|10 pages

The growing chasm

International polarization around queer rights

part IV|89 pages

Aiding queer mobilizations?

chapter 12|16 pages

Rescue, and real love

Same-sex desire in international development

chapter 13|14 pages

Queer paradise

Development and recognition in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec

chapter 14|16 pages

Queer dilemmas

LGBT activism and international funding

chapter 15|12 pages

Politicized priorities

Critical implications for LGBTIQ movements

chapter 16|13 pages

Circumscribed recognition

Creating a space for young queer people in Delhi

chapter 17|13 pages

Disrupting Joburg Pride

Exploring the depoliticisation of Africa’s first Pride march

chapter |3 pages


Heteronormative legacies, queer turns