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

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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 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 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.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon & New York
Commissioning bodyEuropean Commission - Horizon 2020
Number of pages232
ISBN (Electronic)9780429488993
ISBN (Print)9781138594234
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Dec 20

Publication series

NameInterdisciplinary Disability Studies

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
  • Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
  • Social Work

Free keywords

  • Disability
  • Sexuality
  • Policy
  • Social movements
  • Intersectionality
  • Social Services
  • Sex Work


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