1st Edition

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

ISBN 9781138594234
Published December 5, 2019 by Routledge
248 Pages

USD $160.00

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Book Description

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.

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

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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.