Sexual citizenship is a powerful concept associated with debates about recognition and exclusion, agency, respect and accountability. For young people in general and for gender and sexually diverse youth in particular, these debates are entangled with broader imaginings of social transitions: from ‘child’ to ‘adult’and from ‘unreasonable subject’ to one ‘who can consent’. This international and interdisciplinary collection identifies and locates struggles for recognition and inclusion in particular contexts and at particular moments in time, recognising that sexual and gender diverse young people are neither entirely vulnerable nor self-reliant.
Focusing on the numerous domains in which debates about youth, sexuality and citizenship are enacted and contested, Youth, Sexuality and Sexual Citizenship explores young people’s experiences in diverse but linked settings: in the family, at school and in college, in employment, in social media and through engagement with health services. Bookended by reflections from Jeffrey Weeks and and Susan Talburt, the book’s empirically grounded chapters also engage with the key debates outlined in it's scholarly introduction.
This innovative book is of interest to students and scholars of gender and sexuality, health and sex education, and youth studies, from a range of disciplinary and professional backgrounds, including sociology, education, nursing, social work and youth work.
Table of Contents
Peter Aggleton, Sujith Kumar Prankumar, Rob Cover, Deana Leahy, Daniel Marshall and Mary Lou Rasmussen
Section 1: Kinship
Chapter 1. Family, kinship and citizenship: Change and continuity in LGBQ lives
Chapter 2. Queer interruptions: Policing belonging in the carceral state
Louise Boon-Kuo, Erica R. Meiners and Paul Simpson
Chapter 3. Re-imagining, reclaiming, renaming
Section 2: Schooling and Education
Chapter 4. Lawrence ‘Larry’ King and too muchness: Complicating sexual citizenship through the embodied practices of a queer/trans student of colour
Chapter 5. Beyond cultural racism: Challenges for an anti-racist sexual education and youth
Anna Bredström and Eva Bolander
Chapter 6. Regulating sexual morality: The stigmatisation of LGB youth in Hong Kong
Adrian Kin Cheung Yan and Denise Tse-Shang Tang
Section 3: Well-Being and Health
Chapter 7. Divergent pathways to inclusion for transgender and intersex youth
Chapter 8. Sexualities education and sexual citizenship: A materialist approach
Pam Alldred and Nick J. Fox
Chapter 9. Constraints and alliances: LGBTQ sexuality and the neoliberal school
Jessica Fields, Jen Gilbert, Laura Mamo and Nancy Lesko
Section 4: Communication Technologies
Chapter 10. Twenty years of ‘cyberqueer’: The enduring significance of the Internet for young LGBTIQ+ people
Brady Robards, Brendan Churchill, Son Vivienne, Benjamin Hanckel and Paul Byron
Chapter 11. Taking off the risk goggles: Exploring the intersection of young people’s sexual and digital citizenship in sexual health promotion
Kath Albury and Paul Byron
Chapter 12. Queer youth refugees and the pursuit of the happy object: Documentary, technology and vulnerability
Section 5: Work
Chapter 13. Young LGBTQ teachers: Work and sexual citizenship in contradictory times
Chapter 14. Gay, famous and working hard on YouTube: Influencers, queer microcelebrity publics, and discursive activism
Crystal Abidin and Rob Cover
Chapter 15. Mediating aspirant religious-sexual futures: In God’s hands?
Section 6: Sex and Gender/Sexual Relationships
Chapter 16. Enabling fluid forms of sexual citizenship? Navigating the presence and absence of queer sex in Skins
Chapter 17. ‘Some teachers are homophobic, you know, because they just don’t know any better’: Students reimagining power relations in schools.
Katie Fitzpatrick and Hayley McGlashan
Chapter 18. The proliferation of gender and sexual identities, categories and labels among young people: Emergent taxonomies
Afterword: Youth and Scenes of Sexual Citizenship
Peter Aggleton is an emeritus professor at UNSW Sydney, Australia; an honorary distinguished professor at The Australian National University, an adjunct professor in the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society at La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia; and an honorary professor at University College London, UK.
Rob Cover is an associate professor in media and communication in the School of Social Sciences at The University of Western Australia.
Deana Leahy is a senior lecturer in health education in the Faculty of Education at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.
Daniel Marshall is a senior lecturer in literature in the School of Communication and Creative Arts at Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia.
Mary Lou Rasmussen is a professor of sociology in the College of Arts and Social Sciences at The Australian National University in Canberra, Australia.