Pathways Of Desire: The Sexual Migration Of Mexican Gay Men by Héctor CarrilloPathways Of Desire: The Sexual Migration Of Mexican Gay Men by Héctor Carrillo

Pathways Of Desire: The Sexual Migration Of Mexican Gay Men

byHéctor Carrillo

Paperback | January 9, 2018

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With Pathways of Desire, Héctor Carrillo brings us into the lives of Mexican gay men who have left their home country to pursue greater sexual autonomy and sexual freedom in the United States. The groundbreaking ethnographic study brings our attention to the full arc of these men’s migration experiences, from their upbringing in Mexican cities and towns, to their cross-border journeys, to their incorporation into urban gay communities in American cities, and their sexual and romantic relationships with American men. These men’s diverse and fascinating stories demonstrate the intertwining of sexual, economic, and familial motivations for migration.

Further, Carrillo shows that sexual globalization must be regarded as a bidirectional, albeit uneven, process of exchange between countries in the global north and the global south. With this approach, Carrillo challenges the view that gay men from countries like Mexico would logically want to migrate to a “more sexually enlightened” country like the United States—a partial and limited understanding, given the dynamic character of sexuality in countries such as Mexico, which are becoming more accepting of sexual diversity. Pathways of Desire also provides a helpful analytical framework for the simultaneous consideration of structural and cultural factors in social scientific studies of sexuality.  Carrillo explains the patterns of cross-cultural interaction that sexual migration generates and—at the most practical level—shows how the intricacies of cross-cultural sexual and romantic relations may affect the sexual health and HIV risk of transnational immigrant populations.
Héctor Carrillo is professor of sociology and gender and sexuality studies at Northwestern University. He is the author of The Night Is Young: Sexuality in Mexico in the Time of AIDS, also published by the University of Chicago Press.
Title:Pathways Of Desire: The Sexual Migration Of Mexican Gay MenFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:January 9, 2018Publisher:University of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:022651773X

ISBN - 13:9780226517735

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Table of Contents


1          Conceptualizing Sexual Migration
2          The Many Mexican Worlds of Male Same-Sex Desires
3          The Contours of Sexual Migration
4          A Gay Culture of Migration?
5          Departures and Crossings
6          Finding Gay San Diego
7          Immigrant Sexual Citizenship
8          Shifting Sexualities and the Dynamics of Cross-Racial Attraction
9          The Discourse of Sexual Passion
10        Power, Vulnerability, and Passion


Editorial Reviews

“By examining lives both before and after migration Carrillo is able to show both the realities of homophobia and restricted freedom as well as a thriving and growing gay culture in Mexico. He shows that migration scholars should incorporate sexuality into the study of immigration, both for the role it plays in decisions about migration and for its role in shaping assimilation into American society. Pathways of Desire is beautifully written and tells the powerful stories of these migrants. Theoretically innovative and methodologically sophisticated, Pathways of Desire is a tour de force.”