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Theorizing the Sexual Child in Modernity

Theorizing the Sexual Child in Modernity by R. Danielle Egan
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This ground-breaking work provides the first history of ideas about the sexual child in modernity. Beginning with twenty-first century panics about sexualization, the authors address why the sexual child excites such powerful emotions in the Anglophone west. Historical analysis of the past two centuries offers some challenging and insightful answers. Drawing on a wide range of different materials from enlightenment philosophy, medicine, social purity sexual hygiene, psychoanalysis and child development, this book illustrates that current panics have a consistent and fascinating history. Egan and Hawkes strive to progress beyond the current impasse of fear and anxiety.

Palgrave Macmillan; March 2010
205 pages; ISBN 9780230106000
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Title: Theorizing the Sexual Child in Modernity
Author: R. Danielle Egan; Gail Hawkes