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

Roshan das Nair (Editor), Catherine Butler (Editor)
ISBN: 978-0-470-97500-8
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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This important text provides compelling insights into the relationships of LGB people, sociocultural differences and how these intersect. Working with challenging material in a comprehensible manner, it is the ideal introduction to the multiplicity of ways LGB communities engage with contemporary social life. Stimulating and well written, it deserves to be on every shelf and e-shelf!
Lyndsey Moon, Chair of the Psychology of Sexualities Section of the British Psychological Society & Counselling Psychologist

It is difficult to encapsulate the richness of this book in a few words. Rather than passing references to variability in experiences, in this book, areas of "difference" truly intersect, enhancing and deepening the understanding of each of the issues involved. A rare accomplishment in its thoroughness and clarity, I am sure it will be widely read and used by clinicians in training as well as by experienced practitioners.
Oliva Espin, Professor Emerita, Department of Women’s Studies, San Diego State University & California School of Professional Psychology, Alliant International University

An important book for the psychological therapies profession, bringing together research and exploring new ideas. The editors demonstrate successfully the diversity within the lesbian, gay and bisexual population, stressing the importance of the individual and highlighting best practice along the way. A recommended read for all health professionals.
James Taylor, Health Officer, Stonewall

This book will be a great tool in developing confidence around cultural sensitivities and understandings in respect to diversity within LGB communities.  It will encourage practitioners to consider aspects of social or psychological impact that non-heterosexual clients may experience, in ways they may not have fully appreciated before.
Michelle Grimwood, Non-executive Director of Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Trust & Diversity Ambassador for Public Appointments by the Government Equalities Office

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