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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 15:59

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