This introductory chapter looks at how racial subjugation feeds sexual normativity as well as how sexual and racial subjects enact liberating claims that can fall short of liberation even as they bring into being imaginative ideas about social, political, and cultural change. In doing so the chapter brings up the etymology of the title, “connexions,” and its varied history as well as its functioning threefold as a referent to race, sex, and intersectionality, which comprise the thematic axes that hold up this volume. As well, the chapter discusses the origins of this volume and the underlying theme of intersections between race and sexuality, which characterize an interdisciplinary openness in the work, as well as the challenges that have emerged in the making of this book.
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