1st Edition

Sexual Citizenship and Disability Understanding Sexual Support in Policy, Practice and Theory

By Julia Bahner Copyright 2020
    248 Pages
    by Routledge

    248 Pages
    by Routledge

    What does ‘sexual citizenship’ mean in practice for people with mobility impairments

    who may need professional support to engage in sexual activity?

    The book explores this subject through empirical investigation based on

    case studies conducted in four countries – Sweden, England, Australia and the

    Netherlands – and develops the abstract notion of ‘sexual citizenship’ to make

    it practically relevant to disabled people, professionals in disability services and


    Through a cross-national approach, it demonstrates the variability of how

    sexual rights are understood and their culturally specific nature. It also shows

    how the personal is indeed political: states’ different policy approaches change

    the outcomes for disabled people in terms of support to explore and express their


    By proposing a model of sexual facilitation that can be used in policy development,

    to better cater to disabled service users’ needs as well as furthering the

    theoretical understanding of sexual rights and sexual citizenship, this book will

    be of interest to professionals in disability services and policy-makers as well as

    academics and students working in the following subject areas: Disability Studies,

    Sociology, Social Policy, Sexuality Studies/Sexology, Social Work, Nursing,

    Occupational Therapy and Public Health.

    1. Setting the Scene: Disabled Sexual Experiences in Context

    2. Empirical and Conceptual Framework

    Part I: Empirical Framework

    Part II: Conceptual Framework

    3. Sweden

    Part I: The Policy Landscape

    Part II: Experiences of Sexual Facilitation in Practice

    4. England, UK

    Part I: The Policy Landscape

    Part II. Civil Society Activities

    5. The Netherlands

    Part I: The Policy Landscape

    Part II. Civil Society Activities

    6. New South Wales, Australia

    Part I: The Policy Landscape

    Part II. Civil Society Activities

    7. Understanding Sexual Citizenship in Policy, Practice and Theory


    Julia Bahner is a postdoctoral fellow at the School of Social Work, Lund

    University, Sweden and was formerly Marie Curie Individual Fellow at the Centre

    for Disability Studies, School of Sociology, University of Leeds, UK. She holds a

    PhD in social work and has worked extensively with disabled people’s organisations,

    sexual rights organisations and disability service organisations to develop

    better policies and practices around sexuality, disability and support.