Introduction: disability, partnership, and family across time and space

L. Vikstrom*, S. Shah, A. Janssens

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Abstract

Notions of family life and romantic partnership, like notions of disability, have been culturally constructed and socially produced over historical time, and our understandings of these notions are being continually challenged and re-negotiated across time and space. Policies, institutions, and cultural practices across the globe have brought about changes to the construction of the family and to the rights and inclusion of disabled people in private and public life. This special issue brings together a collection of studies from different countries and time periods to explore the interplay between disability, romantic partnerships, and family life across the individual lifetime and between generations. With this interdisciplinary collection, we seek to merge disability research and research on family and partnerships through a life course lens. This offers unique insights and opportunities to interconnect historical and cultural location and changing social institutions with individual and family experiences. This introduction presents the eight studies in the collection and discusses them within a life course frame that views disabled people's roles as partners, spouses, and members of a family. In so doing, it engages in an analysis of (dis)similarities concerning how family dynamics, romantic relationships, and disability have developed over time and in different spaces.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)177-201
Number of pages25
JournalHistory of the Family
Volume25
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 Apr 2020

Keywords

  • adolescents
  • cerebral-palsy
  • disability
  • disabled women
  • employment
  • family
  • health
  • life course
  • marital-status
  • marriage
  • motherhood
  • partnerships
  • sexual relationships
  • young-adults
  • MARRIAGE
  • SEXUAL RELATIONSHIPS
  • MARITAL-STATUS
  • Disability
  • HEALTH
  • EMPLOYMENT
  • YOUNG-ADULTS
  • MOTHERHOOD
  • DISABLED WOMEN
  • ADOLESCENTS
  • CEREBRAL-PALSY

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