Telling a poor man he can become rich : Reparative therapy in contemporary Poland

Mikulak, Magdalena (2020) Telling a poor man he can become rich : Reparative therapy in contemporary Poland. Sexualities, 23 (1-2). pp. 44-63. ISSN 1363-4607

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Abstract

This article investigates the practice of sexual reorientation therapy, or reparative therapy (RT), in contemporary Poland. Focusing on three groups – Odwaga (Courage), Pomoc 2002 (Help 2002) and Pascha (Passover) – and informed by interviews with their past participants, it examines the ways in which RT in Poland is gendered, as well as investigating the individualizing and self-responsibilizing understandings of the self it rests on. This article then demonstrates how the neoliberal ideas of selfhood permeate the practice of RT, mobilizing the tropes of individual effort and responsibility for the reorientation of one’s sexual desire, obscuring the inherent inequality on which the practice is based.

Item Type:
Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title:
Sexualities
Uncontrolled Keywords:
/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/3300/3318
Subjects:
?? homosexualityindividualizationpolandreparative therapyself-responsibilizationgender studiesanthropology ??
ID Code:
219964
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Deposited On:
16 May 2024 13:24
Refereed?:
Yes
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Published
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17 May 2024 01:54