Using governmentality and performativity theory to understand the role of social attitudes in young people with visual impairment access to sexual and reproductive health services

  • Lindokuhle Ubisi
Keywords: access; governmentality; young people with visual impairment; performativity; sexual and reproductive health services; social attitudes

Abstract

This exploratory study investigates how governmentality enforced by societal attitudes influences performativity of young people with visual impairment (PVI) to/not access sexual and reproductive health services (SRH). To explore this phenomenon, existing data was utilised from a focus group around the sexuality of young PVI with three experts in the field of visual impairment as a starting point. A thematic analysis revealed various challenges that might be encountered by young PVI as they access SRH, e.g. stigma. A Foucauldian discourse analysis builds on these challenges by suggesting that governmentality construed by institutional, macro-level structures (e.g. social attitudes) should not be taken as the only barriers to/not accessing SRH, but young PVI might also employ individual, micro-level decision-making processes (e.g. socially-negotiated rationalities) to/not access SRH. The final theorisation here remains unsettled; actual voices of young PVI need to be located in this ongoing conversation.

Key words: access; governmentality; young people with visual impairment; performativity; sexual and reproductive health services; social attitudes

Published
2020-07-30
Section
Articles

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