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Adolescent sexuality - Carolyn Cocca

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Title
Adolescent sexuality - a historical handbook and guide
Author
Carolyn Cocca
format
Hardback
Publisher
Praeger
Language
English
UK Publication Date
20060930

Covering major issues in adolescent sexuality in the United States from colonial times to the present, this work provides an account of how adults, from policymakers to police and parents, have attempted to intervene in the sexual lives of adolescents, and how adolescent sexuality has been and continues to be a subject of social concern and control.

This balanced, nuanced, and data-grounded view of the past and present of adolescent sexuality provides readers with a store of valuable and reliable information. Covering major issues in adolescent sexuality in the United States from colonial times to the present, the book provides an account of ways in which adults-from policymakers to police and parents-have attempted to intervene in the sexual lives of adolescents, and how adolescent sexuality has been, and continues to be, a subject of social concern and control.

Original essays cover juvenile sex in history, as well as trends such as statutory rape laws, teen pregnancy, media portrayals of adolescent sexuality, and sex education. The perspective is further broadened by a collection of primary documents such as a petition from the Women's Christian Temperance Union to raise the age of consent, court cases, Freud's theories on sexuality, images used in the early 20th century for sex education, and current statistics on adolescent sexuality. This important and well-informed work will prove a central resource for students, educators, parents, journalists, and those working on behalf of youth.

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Carolyn Cocca is Associate Professor of Politics and Director of the Women's Center at the State University of New York, Old Westbury. She is the author of Jailbait: The Politics of Statutory Rape Laws in the United States (2004) and numerous articles about adolescent sexuality and statutory rape laws.

"The topics presented are wide-ranging and successfully convey the richness of the topic. Another strength lies in the fact that each essay carries its discussion to the present day, adeptly illustrating the ways that history informs current debates….Adolescent Sexuality is a useful starting point for students to learn more about the history of this topic. It successfully conveys the point that understandings about youth, and about sexuality, are historically contingent and are useful vehicles for accessing a society's values and anxieties." - H-Net Reviews


"Accessible to most readers while academically solid, this anthology examines changes in attitudes towards adolescent sexuality, particularly in the United States during the twentieth century. Five essays survey theories on sex, statutory rape laws, teenage pregnancy, sex education, and media depictions of teenagers. The second half of the book reprints excerpts from books on sexual theory, court cases and legislation establishing obscenity laws and the age of consent, and 14 posters produced in 1918 and 1922 to educate youth." - Reference & Research Book News

Type
BOOK
Keyword Index
Teenagers - Sexual behavior.|Teenagers - Sexual behavior - United States.
Country of Publication
Connecticut
Number of Pages
188

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