The sexual politics of disability, twenty years on

Shakespeare, Tom and Richardson, Sarah (2018) The sexual politics of disability, twenty years on. Scandinavian Journal of Disability Research, 20 (1). pp. 82-91. ISSN 1501-7419

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This paper follows up on qualitative interviews conducted with British disabled people in 1994–6, exploring how people’s lives and relationships have changed over twenty years (n = 8). The themes include imagery and identity, access to relationships, social context and attitudes. Ageing brought greater self-acceptance, and also lower salience of impairment; but for some, it also brought co-morbid chronic health issues which made life more complicated. Respondents generally felt that social attitudes to disabled sexuality had not changed sufficiently, but also that UK austerity policies risked undermining hard-won independence and wellbeing.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: sexuality, relationships, identity, self-image, ageing, austerity, follow-up study
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Health & Science > Department of Health Studies
Depositing User: David Upson-Dale
Date Deposited: 12 Jun 2018 11:28
Last Modified: 13 Jun 2018 12:59

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