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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Allison Moore, Paul Reynolds
    Pages 1-21
  3. Allison Moore, Paul Reynolds
    Pages 23-58
  4. Allison Moore, Paul Reynolds
    Pages 59-78
  5. Allison Moore, Paul Reynolds
    Pages 79-98
  6. Allison Moore, Paul Reynolds
    Pages 99-120
  7. Allison Moore, Paul Reynolds
    Pages 121-141
  8. Allison Moore, Paul Reynolds
    Pages 143-169
  9. Allison Moore, Paul Reynolds
    Pages 171-195
  10. Allison Moore, Paul Reynolds
    Pages 197-224
  11. Allison Moore, Paul Reynolds
    Pages 225-246
  12. Allison Moore, Paul Reynolds
    Pages 247-266
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 267-305

About this book

Introduction

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.

Keywords

behavior childhood children psychology sex social science sociology

Authors and affiliations

  • Allison Moore
    • 1
  • Paul Reynolds
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Social SciencesEdge Hill UniversityOrmskirkUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Department of Social SciencesEdge Hill UniversityOrmskirkUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1057/978-1-137-52497-3
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-52495-9
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-52497-3
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