Waites 2005 Consent

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Author: Matthew Waites

Title: The Age of Consent

Subtitle: Young People, Sexuality and Citizenship

Place: Houndmills and New York

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

Year: 2005

Pages: viii + 285pp.

ISBN-10: 1403921733 – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat

ISBN-13: 9781403921734 (hbk.) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat ISBN-13: 9780230237186 (pbk.) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat ISBN-13: 9780230571488 (EPUB) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat ISBN-13: 9780230505933 (PDF) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat

Language: English

Keywords: 19th Century, 20th Century | English History | Prosecution: Laws / Age of Consent; Types: Child Sexual Abuse

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Author: Matthew Waites, School of Social and Political Sciences, University of GlasgowAcademia.edu


  Acknowledgments (p. vii)
  1 Introduction (p. 1)
    Outline of chapters (p. 6)
  2 Theorising Age of Consent Laws (p. 11)
    Childhood and youth (p. 11)
    Gender and sexuality; heterosexuality and homosexuality (p. 14)
    The meaning of consent (p. 18)
    Children, sexuality, consent and the law (p. 24)
    Consent and children's sexual behaviour (p. 28)
    The rationale for age of consent laws (p. 30)
    Citizenship (p. 32)
    Sexual citizenship (p. 35)
    Conclusion (p. 39)
  3 Age of Consent Laws in Global Perspective (p. 40)
    The globalisation of age of consent debates (p. 40)
    Age of consent laws in comparative cross-national perspective (p. 44)
    Sex tourism and the transnational extension of sex offences (p. 53)
    International law and human rights (p. 55)
    Conclusion (p. 59)
  4 Heterosexuality and the Age of Consent (p. 60)
    The origins of law on childhood and sex in the UK (p. 60)
    Social purity and the age of consent in the late nineteenth century (p. 67)
    Gender, class, competence and citizenship (p. 71)
    Parliamentary debates (p. 74)
    The age of protection (p. 77)
    The regulation of male homosexuality (p. 80)
    Conclusion (p. 86)
  5 Homosexuality and the Age of Consent (p. 88)
    Lesbianism and the age of consent in the inter-war years (p. 88)
    The Wolfenden Report and the decriminalisation of male homosexuality (p. 96)
    Rethinking the Wolfenden Report's rationale of decriminalisation (p. 104)
    The male homosexual age of consent (p. 114)
    Conclusion (p. 117)
  6 Sexual Liberationism and the Search for New Sexual Knowledge (p. 119)
    New social movements and epistemological transformations (p. 119)
    Gay liberation: Liberty, equality and the age of consent (p. 123)
    From the margins to the mainstream: Emerging challenges (p. 131)
    The Policy Advisory Committee on Sexual Offences (p. 133)
    Heterosexuality and the age of consent to sexual intercourse (p. 139)
    Homosexuality (p. 145)
    Conclusion (p. 155)
  7 Equality at Last? Age of Consent Debates in the 1990s (p. 158)
    Age of consent debates 1993-2000: An overview (p. 159)
    Legal developments: Cchildhood and consent (p. 162)
    The emergence of a new hegemony in age of consent debates (p. 166)
    Political discourses (p. 170)
    Legal discourses (p. 172)
    Social policy, health and young people's welfare (p. 173)
    Biomedical knowledge of sexual identity and psychological development (p. 174)
    Conclusion (p. 180)
  8. New Age of Consent Laws: Adulthood and Childhood (p. 183)
    The Home Office review of sex offences (p. 184)
    'Adult sexual abuse of a child' (p. 188)
    'Child sex offences committed by children or young persons' (p. 197)
    Consent in the Sexual Offences Act 2003 (p. 203)
    Conclusion (p. 204)
  9. Rethinking the Age of Consent (p. 208)
    The history of age of consent laws in the UK (p. 209)
    The contemporary context (p. 212)
    Young people's views of age of consent laws (p. 215)
    Citizenship, sexuality and childhood (p. 217)
    Libertarian and liberal critiques of age of consent laws (p. 220)
    Youth justice (p. 227)
    Consent and vulnerability (p. 229)
    A proposal for reform of the age of consent (p. 235)
  Notes (p. 242)
  Bibliography (p. 247)
  Index (p. 272)

Description: »This book analyzes the development of age of consent laws in the UK from the nineteenth century to the present, in international perspective. The analysis, informed by contemporary perspectives in social theory on gender, sexuality, youth and childhood, focuses upon changing understandings of citizenship embodied in the law.« (Source: Palgrave Macmillan)


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