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Girls, Boys and Junior Sexualities : Exploring Childrens' Gender and Sexual Relations in the Primary School - Emma Renold

Girls, Boys and Junior Sexualities

Exploring Childrens' Gender and Sexual Relations in the Primary School

Paperback Published: 13th January 2005
ISBN: 9780415314978
Number Of Pages: 224

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Girls, Boys and Junior Sexualities takes an insightful and in-depth look at the hidden worlds of young children's sexualities. Based upon extensive group interviews and observation, the author illustrates how sexuality is embedded in children's school-based cultures and gender identities. From examining children's own views and experiences, the book explores a range of topical and sensitive issues, including how:

  • the primary school is a key social arena for 'doing' sexuality

  • sexuality shapes children's friendships and peer relations

  • being a 'proper' girl or boy involves investing in a heterosexual identity

  • children use gendered or sexual insults to maintain gender and sexual norms.

Grounded in children's real-life experiences, this book traces their struggles, anxieties, desires and pleasures as they make sense of their emerging sexualities. It also includes frank and open discussions of the pressures of compulsory heterosexuality, the boyfriend/girlfriend culture, misogyny and sexual harassment.
Girls, Boys and Junior Sexualities is a timely and powerful resource for researchers, educationalists and students in childhood studies, sociology and psychology and will be of great interest to professionals and policy makers working with young children.

Industry Reviews

'This publication will be a valuable resource for all with an interest in childhood studies.' - ChildRIGHT

'This is a fascinating study based on close work in real primary schools' - Gerald Haigh, TES

Forewordp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xii
Sexualising gender, gendering sexuality: some introductionsp. 1
Presumed innocence: young children, sexualities and schoolingp. 17
To be or not to be 'girlie': negotiating (hetero) sexualised femininitiesp. 40
Boys 'doing' masculinity: mission impossible?p. 66
Girls, girlfriends and (hetero) sexualities: pleasure, power and dangerp. 94
Boys, boyfriends and (hetero) sexualities: fears and frustrationsp. 119
We're not like most girls and boys: being the gendered and sexualised Otherp. 146
Thinking Otherwise about girls, boys and sexualities: some concluding thoughtsp. 168
Appendixp. 181
Notesp. 182
Bibliographyp. 186
Indexp. 201
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ISBN: 9780415314978
ISBN-10: 0415314976
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 13th January 2005
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 15.24  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.38
Edition Number: 1

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