American Sociological Association

The Heterosexual Matrix as Imperial Effect

While Judith Butler’s concept of the heterosexual matrix is dominant in gender and sexuality studies, it is a curiously aspatial and atemporal concept. This paper seeks to re-embed it within space and time by situating its emergence within colonial and imperial histories. Based on this discussion, it ends with three lessons for contemporary work on gender and sexuality and a broader theorization of sex-gender-sexuality regimes beyond the heterosexual matrix.

Authors

Vrushali Patil

Volume

36

Issue

1

Starting Page

1

Ending Page

26