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

Dawson, M. , McDonnell, L. and Scott, S. (2016) Negotiating the boundaries of intimacy: the personal lives of asexual people. Sociological Review, 64(2), pp. 349-365. (doi:10.1111/1467-954X.12362)

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Abstract

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 practice intimacy, but also how the practices in which they engage may be shared with non-asexual people.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:This article draws on findings from a project funded by The Leverhulme Trust (RPG-2012-575), held at the University of Sussex.
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Dawson, Dr Matt
Authors: Dawson, M., McDonnell, L., and Scott, S.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Sociology Anthropology and Applied Social Sciences
Journal Name:Sociological Review
Publisher:Wiley
ISSN:0038-0261
ISSN (Online):1467-954X
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2016 Sociological Review Publication Limited
First Published:First published in Sociological Review 64(2):349-365
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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