The Age of Consent: Young People, Sexuality and Citizenship

The Age of Consent: Young People, Sexuality and Citizenship

by M. Waites


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780230237186
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan UK
Publication date: 08/10/2005
Edition description: 2005
Pages: 285
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

MATTHEW WAITES is Lecturer in Sociology in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Applied Social Sciences at the University of Glasgow, 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.

Table of 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

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