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

1st Edition

Julia Bahner

Routledge
December 20, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 256 Pages
ISBN 9781138594234 - CAT# K387157
Series: Interdisciplinary Disability Studies

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Summary

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.

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