Childhood and Sexuality
Contemporary Issues and Debates
Authors: Moore, Allison, Reynolds, Paul
- Introduces readers to the tensions between the contradictory constructions of youth sexuality Explores the ways in which young people understand their sexuality and develop their sexual identity in a heteronormative society
- Presents a number of case studies
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- About this book
This book explores how children engage with sex and sexuality. Building on a conceptual and legal grounding in sexuality studies and the new sociology of childhood, the authors debate the age of consent, teenage pregnany, sexual diversity, sexualisation, sex education and sexual literacy, paedophilia, and sex in the digital age. Whilst Moore and Reynolds recognise the necessity of child protection and safeguarding in the context of risk, danger and harm, they also argue that where these stifle children’s sexual knowledge, understanding, expression and experience, they contribute to a climate of fear, ignorance and bad experiences or harms. What is necessary is to balance safeguarding with enabling, and encourage judicious understandings that advance from a rigid developmental model to one that recognises pleasure and excitement in children’s nascent sexual lives. Exploring that balance through their chosen issues, they seek to encourage changed thinking in professional, personal and academic contexts, and speculate that children might teach adults something about the way they think about sex.
Childhood and Sexuality will be of interest to students, scholars and professionals across a range of subjects and disciplines including sociology, social work, criminology, and youth studies.
- About the authors
Allison Moore is Senior Lecturer in Social Sciences at Edge Hill University, UK.
Paul Reynolds is Reader in Sociology and Social Philosophy at Edge Hill University, UK.
“A vital contribution to the wider dialogue about sexuality and childhood that our society must have.” (Jeffrey Weeks OBE )
“Moore and Reynolds insightfully illuminate the complexities at the heart of our culture's concerns surrounding children and their sexuality through a deep and thoroughly engaged analysis of the law, education and the media. Beautifully written and […] a must read.” (R. Danielle Egan, Connecticut College, USA)
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- Book Title
- Childhood and Sexuality
- Book Subtitle
- Contemporary Issues and Debates
- Allison Moore
- Paul Reynolds
- Series Title
- Studies in Childhood and Youth
- Palgrave Macmillan UK
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- The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
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- VI, 305