Sexual Citizenship and Disability: Understanding Sexual Support in Policy, Practice and Theory, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Sexual Citizenship and Disability

Understanding Sexual Support in Policy, Practice and Theory, 1st Edition

By Julia Bahner


256 pages

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Hardback: 9781138594234
pub: 2019-12-20
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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 4 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 policy makers.

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 sexualities.

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.

Table of Contents

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

About the Author

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.

About the Series

Interdisciplinary Disability Studies

Disability studies has made great strides in exploring power and the body. This series extends the interdisciplinary dialogue between disability studies and other fields by asking how disability studies can influence a particular field. It will show how a deep engagement with disability studies changes our understanding of the following fields: sociology, literary studies, gender studies, bioethics, social work, law, education, or history. This ground-breaking series identifies both the practical and theoretical implications of such an interdisciplinary dialogue and challenges people in disability studies as well as other disciplinary fields to critically reflect on their professional praxis in terms of theory, practice, and methods.

Series editor: Mark Sherry, The University of Toledo, USA

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / People with Disabilities