The Age of Consent

Young People, Sexuality and Citizenship

  • Authors
  • Matthew Waites

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Matthew Waites
    Pages 1-10
  3. Matthew Waites
    Pages 11-39
  4. Matthew Waites
    Pages 40-59
  5. Matthew Waites
    Pages 60-87
  6. Matthew Waites
    Pages 88-118
  7. Matthew Waites
    Pages 208-241
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 242-285

About this book


The Age of Consent; Young People, Sexuality and Citizenship addresses the contentious issue of how children's sexual behaviour should be regulated. The text includes: ·A unique history of age of consent laws in the UK, analysed via contemporary social theory ·A global comparative survey of age of consent laws and relevant international human rights law ·A critical analysis of how protectionist agendas shaped new age of consent laws in England and Wales in the Sexual Offences Act 2003 ·In-depth theoretical discussion of the rationale for age of consent laws ·An original proposal to reduce the age of consent to 14 for young people who are less than two years apart in age Responding to contemporary concerns about young people's sexual behaviour, sexual abuse and paedophilia, this book will engage readers in law and socio-legal studies, sociology, history, politics, social policy, youth and childhood studies, and gender and sexuality studies; and professionals and practitioners working with young people.


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