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dc.contributor.editorHunt, Xanthe
dc.contributor.editorBraathen, Stine Hellum
dc.contributor.editorChiwaula, Mussa
dc.contributor.editorCarew, Mark T.
dc.contributor.editorRohleder, Poul
dc.contributor.editorSwartz, Leslie
dc.description.abstractThis open access edited volume explores physical disability and sexuality in South Africa, drawing on past studies, new research conducted by the editors, and first-person narratives from people with physical disabilities in the country. Sexuality has long been a site of oppression and discrimination for people with disabilities based on myths and misconceptions, and this book explores how these play out for people with physical disabilities in the South African setting. One myth with which the book is centrally concerned, is that people with disabilities are unable to have sex, or are seen as lacking sexuality by society at large. Societal understandings of masculinity, femininity, bodies and attractiveness, often lead people with physical disabilities to be seen as being undesirable romantic or sexual partners. The contributions in this volume explore how these prevailing social conditions impact on the access to sexual and reproductive healthcare, involvement in romantic relationships, childbearing, and sexual citizenship as a whole, of people with physical disabilities in the Western Cape of the country. The authors' research, and first person contributions by people with physical disabilities themselves, suggest that education and public health policy must change, if the sexual and reproductive health rights and full inclusion of people with disabilities are to be achieved.
dc.rightsopen access
dc.subject.classificationbic Book Industry Communication::J Society & social sciences::JP Politics & government
dc.subject.classificationbic Book Industry Communication::G Reference, information & interdisciplinary subjects::GT Interdisciplinary studies::GTF Development studies
dc.subject.classificationbic Book Industry Communication::J Society & social sciences::JH Sociology & anthropology::JHB Sociology
dc.subject.otherAfrican Politics
dc.subject.otherDevelopment and Health
dc.subject.otherDevelopment and Gender
dc.subject.otherDisability Studies
dc.subject.otherDevelopment and Social Change
dc.subject.otherDevelopment Studies
dc.subject.otherDisability and Sexuality
dc.subject.otherDisability in South Africa
dc.subject.othersexuality, gender, and embodiment
dc.subject.otherGlobal South
dc.subject.otherDisability and femininity
dc.subject.otherDisability and masculinity
dc.subject.otherSexual and reproductive health
dc.subject.otherOpen Access
dc.subject.otherPolitics & government
dc.subject.otherGender studies, gender groups
dc.titlePhysical Disability and Sexuality
dc.title.alternativeStories from South Africa
oapen.imprintPalgrave Macmillan
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