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Title: Sexuality and intellectual disability : a critical cartography of a community-based service
Author: Feely, Michael
ISNI:       0000 0004 5369 6769
Awarding Body: Queen's University Belfast
Current Institution: Queen's University Belfast
Date of Award: 2014
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In this thesis I take up a DeleuzoGuattarian methodology of assemblage analysis. I use this methodology to map how the problem of sexuality is produced within the specific material context of a service for adults labelled as having intellectual disabilities. The primary method of data collection was in-depth narrative interviews with a strategic sample of service providers and male service users. Service users were invited to share opinions on, and to tell stories about, attending a service and attempting to lead a sexual life (broadly defined). Meanwhile, service providers were invited to share opinions on, and to tell stories about, working within a service and working \vith male service users around issues pertaining to sexuality (broadly defined). This process led to the collection of a large volume of opinions and a huge number of stories, told from a variety of perspectives, about the treatment of sexuality within the service. The data was analyzed using a bespoke meth9d of assemblage analysis. Two intricately interconnected themes were recognized as central to the problematization of sexuality: firstly, intense sexual surveillance; and, secondly, widespread fears regarding sexual abuse. These themes were analyzed as assemblages leading to the production of two maps. The first explores how sexual surveillance works in a post-institutional community based service. The second elucidates how fears and suspicion of sexual abuse are continually produced within the service, despite a lack of accounts detailing non-consensual acts.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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