Learning Bodies

The Body in Youth and Childhood Studies

  • Julia Coffey
  • Shelley Budgeon
  • Helen Cahill

Part of the Perspectives on Children and Young People book series (PCYP, volume 2)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Julia Coffey, Shelley Budgeon, Helen Cahill
    Pages 1-19
  3. The Young Body: Gender and Sexualities

  4. The Young Body: Reconceptualising Health, Illness and Recovering

  5. Embodying Research and Pedagogy

  6. Julia Coffey, Shelley Budgeon, Helen Cahill
    Pages E1-E1
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 269-270

About this book


'Learning Bodies’ addresses the lack of attention paid to the body in youth and childhood studies.  Whilst a significant range of work on this area has explored gender, class, race and ethnicity, and sexualities – all of which have bodily dimensions – the body is generally studied indirectly, rather than being the central focus. This collection of papers brings together a scholarly range of international, interdisciplinary work on youth, with a specific focus on the body. The authors engage with conceptual, empirical and pedagogical approaches which counteract perspectives that view young people’s bodies primarily as ‘problems’ to be managed, or as sites of risk or deviance. The authors demonstrate that a focus on the body allows us to explore a range of additional dimensions in seeking to understand the experiences of young people. The research is situated across a range of sites in Australia, North America, Britain, Canada, Asia and Africa, drawing on a range of disciplines including sociology, education and cultural studies in the process. This collection aims to demonstrate – theoretically, empirically and pedagogically – the implications that emerge from a reframed approach to understanding children and youth by focusing on the body and embodiment.


Embodying gender Sexualisation of youth The young body Youth and gender Youth sexualities sport and masculinities

Editors and affiliations

  • Julia Coffey
    • 1
  • Shelley Budgeon
    • 2
  • Helen Cahill
    • 3
  1. 1.University of NewcastleNewcastleAustralia
  2. 2.University of BirminghamBirminghamUnited Kingdom
  3. 3.University of MelbourneMelbourneAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Singapore 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-981-10-0304-2
  • Online ISBN 978-981-10-0306-6
  • Series Print ISSN 2365-2977
  • Series Online ISSN 2365-2985
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