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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.

    Item Type: Article
    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
    Subjects outside of the University Themes
    Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care
    Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences > Centre for Social Justice Research
    Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Social Work
    Publisher: SAGE Publications
    Refereed: Yes
    ISSN: 1468-0173
    Depositing User: Dr Stephen Hicks
    Date Deposited: 03 Nov 2009 10:26
    Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 16:59

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