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Sexual Landscapes of Childhood and Youth

Sociological Studies of Children & Youth: Volume 20

Guest Editors

Jessica Clark, Senior Lecturer, University Campus Suffolk, UK
Jessica Fields, Associate Professor, San Francisco State University, USA

About the volume

Sociological Studies of Children and Youth announces an edited volume that will chart the sexual landscapes of children’s and young people’s lives. In contemporary cultures, both sexuality and childhood are presumed to be natural parts of our lives, while also seeming to require our constant vigilance. And, even as they share much, sexuality and childhood often seem to be at odds. Sexuality is positioned as outside of idealized childhoods, threatening to corrupt children’s innocence; many imagine the move from childhood to youth to necessarily entail entering a treacherous sexual terrain.

This timely volume will engage the work of scholars committed to interrogating conventional understandings of sexuality, childhood, and youth. Chapters will respond to the positioning of sex and sexuality as ever pervasive and corrosive in children’s contemporary lives and the associated social, political and moral debates that emerge. Analyses will foreground sexuality, gender, and race in constructions of childhood and youth and consider the complicated relationship among agency, intimacy, citizenship, and regulation in children’s and young people’s lives.

The guest editors welcome theoretical papers as well as those that draw on empirical research. We are especially interested in papers that promote the views and experiences of children and young people in a debate where their voices are often peculiarly quiet. We seek papers that resist the impulse to homogenize children, youth, and their sexual worlds by considering multiple masculinities, femininities, and sexualities.

Please contact the guest editors with inquiries: [email protected] and [email protected]

Deadline for initial submissions: Monday 2nd March 2015

Manuscripts should be a maximum of 30 pages (14,500 words) including references, adhere to the series author guidelines, and use APA 6th Edition style.

Submit manuscripts electronically to [email protected] and [email protected] with a subject line “SSCY Volume 20”.

The guest editors and SSCY editorial board will review all submissions. The deadline for submissions of accepted, revised, final drafts will be Monday 1st June 2015. Publication of the volume will be in Fall 2015.

For more information about SSCY, visit the series homepage.