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The Age of Consent

Young People, Sexuality and Citizenship

The Age of Consent by Matthew 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 Sex 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.
Palgrave Macmillan; August 2005
294 pages; ISBN 9780230505933
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Title: The Age of Consent
Author: Matthew Waites
 
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0230505937
9780230237186
9780230505933