Call for Papers for a Special Issue of Historical Sociology
The History of Sexuality of Childhood and Youth
Few other topics manage to raise anxiety to the same extent in our western culture than our fear over a child?s proximity to the sexual realm. Prevailing discourses on the sexual child manifest ambivalence at best, and at worst exemplify something approaching moral panic. As a result, the historical, cultural and ideological underpinnings of such discourses are often rendered invisible. We believe that a critical deconstruction of historical discourses, stories and material objects can illuminate the complex and often contradictory assumptions upon which such cultural narratives are built.
This special issue of Historical Sociology on the history of sexuality of childhood and youth is intended to illuminate these historical traces and their resonances. We recognize that this is a challenging empirical endeavor since the status of children, both historically and contemporarily, make it difficult, if not impossible, to know what children and youth were doing or thinking with regard to their sexuality. With this in mind, this issue seeks to offer insight into historical discourses produced about children and the material consequences of such adult intervention.
The editors are seeking papers which provide examples of the historical origins of the problematization of the sexuality of youth and childhood. We welcome work that draws on cross-disciplinary as well as comparative scholarship, and encourage authors who are exploring continuities between the past and present.
Finally, since the majority of work done on sexuality and the young tends to focus on adolescence, the editors especially encourage contributions from scholars whose focus is on the pre-adolescent age group.
Submissions may include, but are not limited to:
Medical Intervention and Pathologization
Advice Manuals or Parent Training
Permissive or Sex Positive Discourses
The management of girls? sexuality
Colonial/Neo Colonial Relations
Cross cultural comparison
Abstracts are due no later than January 20, 2008
Accepted Papers will be due no later than June 2, 2008
Please email abstract submission to: R. Danielle Egan firstname.lastname@example.org
Any questions or quires should be addressed to either R. Danielle Egan email@example.com or Gail Hawkes firstname.lastname@example.org.
R. Danielle Egan
Associate Professor and Chair
Gender Studies Program
St. Lawrence University
Canton, NY 13617
011-315-229-5120 Email: email@example.com
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