Giametta, ‘The Sexual Politics of Asylum’, 2017

Subject Area

Sexual Orientation/Sexuality
Gender Identity






United Kingdom

Year Published



Calogero Giametta, The Sexual Politics of Asylum: Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in the UK Asylum System, Routledge, 2017


‘The Sexual Politics of Asylum’ by Calogero Giametta (Routledge, 2017) emerges from a 2 year long ethnography, which explores the experiences of 60 gender and sexual minority refugees in the UK. Bringing previously unheard stories to the forefront, this enlightening volume challenges dominant notions about the construction of sexuality and gender as an instrument for claiming rights in a world shaped by postcolonial relations. Giametta first examines why the migratory experience of the studied migrants is located within a set of humanitarian-inflected discourses that privilege suffering and trauma. This is then followed by an assessment of the respondents’ biographical accounts, which consequently uncovers how being situated in liminal socio-political and legal interstices produces precarious forms of life.

Whilst the topic of asylum for gender and sexual minorities has attracted wide media coverage over the past decade, there persists a lack of academic attention to the complex experiences of these refugees. As such, this timely book will be of interest to undergraduate and postgraduate students interested in human rights, sociology, anthropology, migration, sexuality, gender and cultural studies, as well as people working within the refugee granting process.