“Dangerous” partners: Sexuality, masculinities, and the economy of desire in two immigrant communities

By Vulca Fidolini, John Angell

This article demonstrates the power of the concept of “negotiated sexualities” to explain how gendered asymmetries shape sexual experiences. Using this concept to analyze interviews with young Moroccan men who migrated to France and Italy, the study explored the following question: How do interviewees identify and resist “dangerous” sexual partners? The article identifies the characteristics that cause certain partners to be perceived as “dangerous” before examining the ways in which the economy of desire that determines interviewees’ sexual scripts and masculinities also shapes how age, sex, and ethnic relationships are negotiated and constructed.


  • negotiated sexualities
  • economy of desire
  • masculinities
  • critique of social relationships
  • immigrants
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