This two-volume Handbook provides a major thematic overview of global sexualities, spanning each of the continents, and its study, which is both reflective and prospective, and includes traditional approaches and emerging themes. The Handbook offers a robust theoretical underpinning and critical outlook on current global, glocal, and 'new' sexualities and practices, whilst offering an extensive reflection on current challenges and future directions of the field. The broad coverage of topics engages with a range of theories, and maintains a multi-disciplinary framework. PART ONE: Understanding Sexuality: Epistemologies/Conceptual and Methodological Challenges; PART TWO: Enforcing and Challenging Sexual Norms; PART THREE: Interrogating/Undoing Sexual Categories; PART FOUR: Enhancement Practices and Sexual Markets/Industries; PART FIVE: Sexual Rights and Citizenship (And the Governance of Sexuality); PART SIX: Sexuality and Social Movements; and PART SEVEN: Language and Cultural Representation.
Chapter 4: Researching Childhood Sexuality
Researching Childhood Sexuality
Imagine, for a moment, a sexuality expert or developmental psychologist being approached to answer the question: ‘Should parents teach their young kids to masturbate?’ Depending on your cultural context, various things might happen. The questioner might be ridiculed, challenged, or heralded for raising such a topic. Some would assume that the question could only infer a pubescent child. Parents might feel unequipped to handle the issue. In some countries, even raising the question might expose the questioner or expert to punitive measures. Eventually, the ‘expert’ might offer an opinion or hesitate to answer at all. In either case, our ‘expert’ would be hard-pressed to support their viewpoint with scientific evidence on the underlying ...