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Co-constructed caring research and intellectual disability: An exploration of friendship and intimacy in being human

Rogers, Chrissie, Tuckwell, Sherrie (2016) Co-constructed caring research and intellectual disability: An exploration of friendship and intimacy in being human. Sexualities, 19 (5-6). pp. 623-640. ISSN 1363-4607. (doi:10.1177/1363460715620572) (KAR id:79733)

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Abstract

For this paper, emotional and socio-political questions lie at the heart of relationships in understanding intellectual disability and what it is to be a human. While the sexual and intimate is more often than not based on a private and personal relationship with the self and (an)other, the sexual and intimate life of intellectually disabled people is more often a ‘public’ affair governed by parents and/or carers, destabilizing what we might consider ethical and caring practices. In the socio-political sphere, as an all-encompassing ‘care space’, social intolerance and aversion to difficult differences are played out, impacting upon the intimate lives of intellectually disabled people. As co-researchers (one intellectually disabled and one ‘non-disabled’), we discuss narratives from a small scale research project and our personal reflections. In sociological research and more specifically within disability research it is clear that we need to keep sex and intimacy on the agenda, yet also find ways of doing research in a meaningful, caring and co-constructed way.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1177/1363460715620572
Uncontrolled keywords: Care ethics, co-constructed research, friendship, intellectual disability, intimacy, participatory research
Subjects: H Social Sciences
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Women > HQ21 Sexual behavior and attitudes
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare > HV1568 Disability studies
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research
Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research > Tizard
Depositing User: Chrissie Rogers
Date Deposited: 23 Jan 2020 17:39 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2021 14:11 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/79733 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Rogers, Chrissie: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7326-9260
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