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Subject:

Book - The Age of Consent: Young People, Sexuality and Citizenship

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"Waites, Matthew" <[log in to unmask]>

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Waites, Matthew

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Fri, 24 Mar 2006 10:57:23 -0000

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Just to let people know about my book:

Matthew Waites, The Age of Consent: Young People, Sexuality and Citizenship (Palgrave Macmillan, 2005).

Details are below if you are interested (please delete now if you are not!), taken from the Palgrave website, where you can also
access a free sample chapter - the introduction, which summarises the book's content.
http://www.palgrave.com/products/Catalogue.aspx?is=1403921733 

Pre-publication endorsements
'...well and accessibly written, expertly researched, comprehensive, well argued and structured. This text's subject matters are
of considerable current legal, political and sociological concern... An admirable piece of work in every respect.' - David T.
Evans, Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Applied Social Sciences, University of Glasgow, UK

'This book is an impressive and invaluable contribution to a controversial debate. Matthew Waites shows that our perceptions of
these issues have changed profoundly over the past century, traces the impact of globalization on disputes over the law worldwide,
and offers a fresh perspective on how the age of consent should operate today. We can be certain that this book will be central to
future debates.' - Jeffrey Weeks, Professor of Sociology, London South Bank University, UK 

Description
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.

Contents
Acknowledgements
1: INTRODUCTION
Outline of Chapters
2: THEORISING AGE OF CONSENT LAWS
Childhood and Youth
Gender and Sexuality; Heterosexuality and Homosexuality
The Meaning of Consent
Children, Sexuality, Consent and the Law
Consent and Children's Sexual Behaviour
The Rationale for Age of Consent Laws
Citizenship
Sexual Citizenship
Conclusion
3: AGE OF CONSENT LAWS IN GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE
The Globalisation of Age of Consent Debates
Age of Consent Laws in Comparative Cross-National Perspective
Sex Tourism and the Transnational Extension of Sex Offences
International Law and Human Rights
Conclusion
4: HETEROSEXUALITY AND THE AGE OF CONSENT
The Origins of Law on Childhood and Sex in the UK
Social Purity and the Age of Consent in the Late Nineteenth Century
Gender, Class, Competence and Citizenship
Parliamentary Debates
The Age of Protection
The Regulation of Male Homosexuality
Conclusion
5: HOMOSEXUALITY AND THE AGE OF CONSENT
Lesbianism and the Age of Consent in the Inter-War Years
The Wolfenden Report and the Decriminalisation of Male Homosexuality
Rethinking the Wolfenden Report's Rationale of Decriminalisation
The Male Homosexual Age of Consent
Conclusion
6: SEXUAL LIBERATIONISM AND THE SEARCH FOR NEW SEXUAL KNOWLEDGE 
New Social Movements and Epistemological Transformations
Gay Liberation: Liberty, Equality and the Age of Consent
From the Margins to the Mainstream: Emerging Challenges
The Policy Advisory Committee on Sexual Offences
Heterosexuality and the Age of Consent to Sexual Intercourse
Homosexuality
Conclusion
7: EQUALITY AT LAST? AGE OF CONSENT DEBATES IN THE 1990s
Age of Consent Debates 1993-2000: An Overview
Legal Developments: Childhood and Consent
The Emergence of a New Hegemony in Age of Consent Debates
Political Discourses
Legal Discourses
Social Policy, Health and Young People's Welfare
Biomedical Knowledge of Sexual Identity and Psychological Development
Conclusion
8: NEW AGE OF CONSENT LAWS: ADULTHOOD AND CHILDHOOD
The Home Office Review of Sex Offences
'Adult Sexual Abuse of a Child'
'Child Sex Offences Committed by Children or Young Persons'
Consent in the Sexual Offences Act 2003
Conclusion
9: RETHINKING THE AGE OF CONSENT
The History of Age of Consent Laws in the UK
The Contemporary Context
Young People's Views of Age of Consent Laws
Citizenship, Sexuality and Childhood
Libertarian and Liberal Critiques of Age of Consent Laws
Youth Justice
Consent and Vulnerability
A Proposal for Reform of the Age of Consent
Bibliography
Notes
Index 

Author Biography
MATTHEW WAITES is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at Sheffield Hallam University, UK. He has published a variety of articles on young
people's sexuality and lesbian, gay and bisexual politics in the UK, and is co-editor, with Jeffrey Weeks and Janet Holland, of
Sexualities and Society: A Reader (Polity, 2003). 
  

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