Thinking through sexuality
Hicks, S 2008, 'Thinking through sexuality' , Journal of Social Work, 8 (1) , pp. 65-82.
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Summary: This article is a discussion piece on the idea of ‘sexuality’ within social work. The author discusses dominant models of sexuality – including those within anti-discriminatory practice theory – before going on to raise a number of problems with this perspective. The article draws upon queer, feminist and Foucaultian theories to suggest less restrictive ways of thinking through sexuality and social work. • Findings: Social work has a tendency to define ‘sexuality’ as an essential identity with a fixed set of characteristics and social welfare ‘needs’. This article argues for a reflexive account of sexuality within social work, and for the investigation of the production and use of sexuality categories within everyday professional settings. • Applications: The author discusses the assessment of sexuality in cases of foster care or adoption applications by lesbians or gay men in order to highlight the practical application of these ideas. The article discusses why new ways of thinking through sexuality may be productive for social work.
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||anti-discriminatory practice/discourse/queer theory/sexuality/social work|
|Themes:||Subjects / Themes > H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)|
Subjects / Themes > H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Subjects / Themes > H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
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|Schools:||Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care|
Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care > School of Nursing, Midwifery & Social Work > Centre for Social Justice Research
|Journal or Publication Title:||Journal of Social Work|
|Depositing User:||Dr Stephen Hicks|
|Date Deposited:||03 Nov 2009 10:26|
|Last Modified:||16 Mar 2012 16:06|
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