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Intersectionality, Sexuality and Psychological Therapies: Working with Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Diversity

Roshan das Nair (Editor), Catherine Butler (Editor)
ISBN: 978-0-470-97499-5
296 pages
April 2012
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This book explores the diversity in lesbian, gay, and bisexual lives, with the aim of opening up therapists' understanding of this diversity so that they can work in an ethical, supportive and non-discriminatory way with these individuals.

  • Offers a comprehensive look at diversity within LGB populations, including the interactions between different areas of social difference using contemporary approaches
  • Focuses on the practitioner, illustrating concepts with vignettes and case studies for implementing practical applications
  • Emphasizes gender balance, fully exploring both male and female perspectives on each topic
  • Encompasses different perspectives, including critical health psychology, discursive psychology, intersectionality, critical and cultural theory, and post-colonial discourse, while remaining accessible to all
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Table of Contents

Contributors ix

Foreword by Dominic Davies xv

Acknowledgements xvii

Introduction 1
Roshan das Nair & Catherine Butler

1 Intersecting Identities 9
Damien W. Riggs & Roshan das Nair

2 Gender 31
Sonja J. Ellis

3 Race and Ethnicity 59
Roshan das Nair & Sonya Thomas

4 Religion 89
Roshan das Nair & Sonya Thomas

5 Refugees and Asylum Seekers 113
Stephen Higgins & Catherine Butler

6 Social Class 137
Roshan das Nair & Susan Hansen

7 Physical Health 163
Adam Jowett & Elizabeth Peel

8 Mental Health 185
Roshan das Nair & Sarah Fairbank

9 Disability 213
Catherine Butler

10 Age and Ageing 239
Stuart Gibson & Susan Hansen

11 From Invert to Intersectionality: Understanding the Past and Future of Sexuality 263
Esther D. Rothblum

Index 269

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Author Information

Dr. Roshan das Nair works as a Consultant Clinical Psychologist at the Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, and at the University of Nottingham. He has previously worked in the areas of sex, sexuality, and HIV/AIDS in Zambia and India. He is a board member of the Nottingham Sexual Health Providers forum and was the editor-in-chief of the Psychology of Sexualities Review of the British Psychological Society's Psychology of Sexualities Section. He is also their representative on The International Network on Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Concerns and Transgender Issues in Psychology.

Dr. Catherine Butler has worked in HIV and Sexual Health her entire career, and most recently was Consultant Clinical Psychologist for Infection & Immunology at Barts & The London Hospital Trust. Her previous publications and academic interests include co-editing the book Sex, Sexuality and Therapeutic Practice, editing special editions of The Psychologist, Lesbian and Gay Psychology Review, Clinical Psychology Forum and numerous book chapters and articles on the topics of minority sexualities, sexual assault, HIV, working with interpreters, and personal/professional integration

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