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Feely, M.
Sexual surveillance and control in a community-based intellectual disability service
(2016) Sexualities, 19 (5-6), pp. 725-750.

DOI: 10.1177/1363460715620575

Within contemporary policy documents regarding intellectual disability and sexuality we often find a progress narrative that contrasts a dark past, when the sexuality of disabled people was suppressed, with an enlightened present, when we recognize the sexual rights of all human beings. In this paper – which pertains to the Republic of Ireland – I take up the Foucauldian and Deleuzian position of treating such progress narratives with suspicion. From this perspective, I offer an alternative reading of the treatment of intellectual disability and sexuality in the present, and I seek to map just some of the subtle but effective ways this population’s sexuality continues to be controlled today. © 2016, © The Author(s) 2016.

Author Keywords
Assemblage; Deleuze; Foucault; intellectual disability; sexuality; surveillance

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