Analysing care, intimacy and citizenship

Sally Hines

in transForming gender

Published by Policy Press

Published in print September 2007 | ISBN: 9781861349163
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447304074 | DOI:
Analysing care, intimacy and citizenship

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This chapter relates gender diversity to existing work on the practices and meanings of care, intimacy, and citizenship. It starts by exploring how early feminist work on care challenged the idea that unpaid caring work was a ‘natural’ female role through which the carer demonstrated her love for, and commitment to, her family. The work that explores non-heterosexual practices of intimacy is then considered. The chapter also addresses how debates around citizenship speak to transgender practices of identity, intimacy, and care. The feminist analyses of care and studies of same-sex intimacy have yet to take account of the specificities of transgender. Work on feminist, sexual, and intimate citizenship has addressed how traditional definitions and requirements of citizenship neglected the complex features of gender and sexuality. Analyses of contemporary family practices and intimacy have significantly broadened the understandings of the characteristics and experiences of social life.

Keywords: care; intimacy; citizenship; gender diversity; feminist work; transgender; sexuality

Chapter.  5185 words. 

Subjects: Gender and Sexuality

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