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Children, Sexuality and Sexualization

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This volume presents a ground-breaking collection of interdisciplinary chapters from international scholars which complicate, and offers new ways to make sense of, children's sexual cultures across complex political, social and cultural terrains.

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Table of contents (22 chapters)

  1. Introduction

  2. Young Sexualities and the Cultural Imaginary


“Children, Sexuality, and Sexualization provides a nuanced and deep understanding of sexuality from various nations and cultures. The link between culture, norms and sexuality becomes clearer and shows how children and young men and women engage in, modify and negate sexuality based on the country that they live in. … a valuable resource in the study of gender, sexuality, psychology, sociology, childhood studies and anthropology. … anyone interested in the sexuality of children will find the book helpful and engaging.” (Hennie Weiss, Metapsychology, Vol. 20 (4), January, 2016)

"This is a comprehensive collection which takes the gap in our knowledge about the sexual cultures of children and young people as the starting point for investigation. With a clear emphasis on empirical research and on the contributions that a range of disciplines can make to the study of children's and young people's sexualities, the collection moves beyond the sensational, simplistic and often moralistic approaches which often characterize work in this area. A groundbreaking book which will be required reading for academics who work on gender, sexuality, children and young people". - Feona Attwood, Professor of Cultural Studies, Communication and Media, Middlesex University UK

'Reading this book unsettles and challenges traditional narratives of becoming sexual. Assembled by three leading scholars in the field, this collection contributes fresh ways of thinking about sexualization, attending to the complex array of historical and contemporary debates that shape what we think we know about child sexuality.'-Mary Lou Rasmussen, Monash University, Australia

Editors and Affiliations

  • Cardiff University, UK

    Emma Renold

  • Institute of Education, University College London, UK

    Jessica Ringrose

  • St Lawrence University, New York, USA

    R. Danielle Egan

About the editors

Deevia Bhana, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Christin Bowman, City University of New York, US. Sara Bragg, University of Brighton, UK. Jennifer Chmielewski, City University of New York, US. Diego Costa, University of Southern California, US. Cristyn Davies, University of Sydney, Australia. Diederik F. Janssen, independent scholar, the Netherlands. Laura Harvey, University of Surrey, UK. Lindsay Herriot, University of Alberta, Canada. Lara E. Hiseler, University of Alberta, Canada. Gabrielle Ivinson, Aberdeen University, UK. Sue Jackson, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. Stevi Jackson, University of York, UK. Lara Karaian, Carleton University, Canada. Mary Jane Kehily, the Open University, UK. Joseph De Lappe, the Open University, UK. Jón Ingvar Kjaran, School of Education, University of Iceland. Maria Kromidas, William Paterson University, US. Anna Madill, University of Leeds, UK. Monique Mulholland, Flinders University, South Australia. Elizabethe Payne, QuERI Queering Education Research Institute©, US, Hunter College, US and City University of New York, US. Kerry Robinson, University of Western Sydney, Australia. Sue Scott, University of York, UK, University of Edinburgh, UK and University of Helsinki, Finland. Anna Sparrman, Linköping University, Sweden. Tina Vares, University of Canterbury, New Zealand.

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