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Girls, boys and junior sexualities: exploring children's gender and sexual relations in the primary school

Renold, Emma 2005. Girls, boys and junior sexualities: exploring children's gender and sexual relations in the primary school. London: RoutledgeFalmer.

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Abstract

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.

Item Type: Book
Book Type: Authored Book
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1501 Primary Education
Additional Information: Based upon doctoral research, this book was awarded 2nd prize by the Society for Educational Studies in 2006.
Publisher: RoutledgeFalmer
ISBN: 9780415314961
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Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 01:49
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/3190

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