Negotiating the boundaries of intimacy: the personal lives of asexual people

Dawson, Matt, Scott, Susie and McDonnell, Elizabeth (2016) Negotiating the boundaries of intimacy: the personal lives of asexual people. Sociological Review, 64 (2). pp. 349-365. ISSN 0038-0261

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This paper uses findings from research diaries to explore the use of practices of intimacy among asexual people. While much of the literature to date has focused on the supposedly transformative and political nature of uniquely asexual practices of intimacy, our findings suggest something different. Rather than seeking to transform the nature of intimate relationships, asexual people make pragmatic adjustments and engage in negotiations to achieve the forms of physical and emotional intimacy they seek. We discuss this in relation to three areas: friendships, sex as a practice of intimacy, and exclusion from intimacy. Our findings suggest the importance of not only considering the social context in which asexual people practise intimacy, but also how the practices in which they engage may be shared with non-asexual people.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: asexuality; friendships; practices of intimacy; sex; symbolic interactionism
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Sociology
Depositing User: Susie Scott
Date Deposited: 15 Mar 2016 08:07
Last Modified: 12 Sep 2017 14:34

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