Citizen Bodies, Intersex Citizenship

Grabham, Emily (2007) Citizen Bodies, Intersex Citizenship. Sexualities, 10 (1). pp. 29-48. ISSN 1363-4607. (doi: (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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The aim of this article is to assess the use of sexual citizenship and intimate citizenship in articulating a concept of ‘intersex citizenship’. Intersex activism diverges in important ways from feminist, queer, lesbian and gay, and trans activism. Nevertheless, concepts of sexual and intimate citizenship help in thinking about the effects of family and kin structures on intersex corporeality, the impact of new technologies on intersex activism, and the advantages and disadvantages of consumer citizenship models for intersex claims, amongst other factors. As long as intersex issues are defined by medically disciplining techniques, there remains a need to think critically about how citizenship norms are constructed though responses to corporeality. Carol Lee Bacchi and Chris Beasley’s concept of ‘citizen bodies’ provides a useful starting point both in attempting to theorize the norms underlying the hyper-embodiment of intersexual subjects, and in relating this hyper-embodiment to the construction of intersexual people as non-citizens.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: citizenship, citizen bodies, intersex, sexual citizenship, social flesh
Subjects: K Law
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > Kent Law School
Depositing User: C.A.R. Kennedy
Date Deposited: 19 Dec 2007 18:30 UTC
Last Modified: 05 Sep 2011 23:20 UTC
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