Growing Up Sexually(Bibliographies)


36/Age as Discourse



Main Index®Index Volume 3 ® Bibliography 36


Compiler’s Notes:


“Age is a social construction”. “Age is discourse”. “Age is performance”. “Age is politics”. These notions have been of interest in project Growing Up Sexually. Personally I am interested in the ethnohistorical contingency of age, in terms of chronometric and chronocentric ramifications of, for instance, “the child” or “the sexual subject”. This bibliography is a very preliminary inventory of writings that invest in these propositions. More references to be added. In the mean time, one might consider the bibliography given in an Emory University syllabus on Socialization, Society, and the Life Course. One might also want to consult a 2002 bibliography on Kindheit im Mittelalter (mirror) by Tatjana Horn, and another on History of Childhood by Margaret L. King.


Note: this bibliography may be updated monthly.


·         Anderson, M. I. (1981) Cult of Childhood in Nineteenth Century America. Thesis

·         Angus, D. L. et al. (1988) Historical Development of Age Stratification in Schooling, Teachers’ College Record 90,2:211-36

·         Arnett, Jeffrey Jensen (1998) Learning to Stand Alone: The Contemporary American Transition to Adulthood in Cultural and Historical Context, Human Development 41:295-315

·         Arnett, Jeffrey Jensen (2003) Conceptions of the Transition to Adulthood Among Emerging Adults in American Ethnic Groups, New directions for child and adolescent development 100:63-75 []

  • Berger, B. M. (1963) On the Youthfulness of Youth Cultures, Social Res 30,3:319-42
  • Bertels, K. (1978) Puberteit als historisch maakwerk, in Bertels, K. et al. (Eds.) Vrouw Man Kind, Lijnen van Vroeger naar Nu. Baarn [Holland]: Ambo, pp. 183-206 [Dutch]
  • Boas, G. (1966, reprinted 1990) The Cult of Childhood. Dallas, TX, US: Spring Publications, Inc.
  • Bogin, Barry (1993) “Why Must I Be a Teenager at All?,” New Scientist 137 (#1863), March 6
  • Bogin, Barry (1994) “Adolescence in Evolutionary Perspective,” Acta Paediatrica Supplement 406, pp. 29-35
  • Bogin,Barry (2003) “Rapid Morphological Change in Living Humans: Implications for Modern Human Origins,” Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Part A, 136, pp. 71-84

·         Bryan, D. A. (1979) Toward a Sociology of Age Stratification: Unmasking the Developmental Paradigm as Ideology. Paper for the Association for Humanist Sociology

·         Burman, E. (1994) Innocents abroad: Western fantasies of childhood and the iconography of emergencies, Disasters 18,3:238-53

·         Calcutt, A. (1998) Arrested development: pop culture and the erosion of adulthood. London: Cassell

·         Chojnacki, Stanley (1992) Measuring Adulthood: Adolescence and Gender in Renaissance Venice, Journal of Family History 17,4:371-395

  • Chudacoff, H. P. (1989) How Old are You? Age Consciousness in American Culture. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press

·         Clausen, J. A. (1971) Age Stratification and the Individual. Paper presented at American Sociological Association meetings, Denver, Colo., August 30 - September 2

  • Coveney, P. (1967) The Image of Childhood. Harmondsworth: Penguin
  • Daum, M. (1978) The dimensions, correlates, and measurement of age identification and age ascription, DAI 39(3-B):1538-9
  • Diensberg, B. (1981) The Etymology of Modern English BOY, Medium Ævum 50:79-87
  • Dixon, Shanly (2004) Heterotopic spaces of childhood. MA Thesis, Concordia University (Canada)
  • Dobson, E. J. (1940) Boy, The etymology and meaning of, Medium Ævum 9,3:121-154

·         Dowd, J. J. (1981) Age and inequality: A critique of the age stratification model, Human Development 24,3:157-71

·         Dowd, J. J. (1987) The reification of age: Age stratification theory and the passing of the autonomous subject, Journal of Aging Studies 1,4:317-35

  • Dressel, E. T. (1987) To be “old” or not to be “old”: Exploring lifestyle variations and their implications for age identity, DAI 47(10-A):3846-7
  • Eckstein, M. A. (1967) “The Darling Young: an Essay Review” of The Cult of Childhood. George Boas, London: The Warburg lnstitute, University of London, 1966, 106 pp., in The Record/ Teachers College Columbia University69 (Oct.):91-5
  • Eerenbeemt, B. van den (1935) Het Kind in Onze Middeleeuwse Literatuur. Amsterdam: N. V. Munster [Dutch]
  • Eisenbichler, Konrad (Ed.) (2002) The Premodern Teenager: Youth in Society 1150-1650. Toronto: Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies [read review]
  • Foner, Anne & Kertzer, David (1978). Transitions over the Life Course: Lessons from Age-Set Societies. American Journal of Sociology. 83:1081-1104.
  • Franklin, B.(1988) Ageism and the political economy of childhood. The Children's Rights Centre Publications
  • Galambos, N. L. et al. (1999) Adolescents’ subjective age: An indicator of perceived maturity, J Res Adol 9,3:309-37
  • Galambos, N. L. et al. (2000) Adolescents’ psychosocial maturity, problem behavior, and subjective age: In search of the adultoid, Appl Developm Sci 4,4:178-92
  • Gardiner, (2000) “Masculinity, the Teening of America, and Empathic Targeting,” Signs 25:4, 1257-61. Reprinted: Feminisms at a Millennium, ed. by Carolyn Allen and Judith A. Howard (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2000), pp. 248-52
  • Graham. Philip (2004) The End of Adolescence. Oxford: Oxford Medical Publications

·         Hanawalt, Barbara A. (1992) Historical Descriptions and Prescriptions for Adolescence, J Fam Hist 17,4:341-51

·         Hanawalt, Barbara A. (1993) Growing Up in Medieval London: the experience of childhood in History. New York

·         Hanawalt, Barbara A. (1996) "The Childe of Bristowe" and the Making of Middle-Class Adolescence. In: Bodies and Disciplines. Intersections of Literature and History in Fifteenth-Century England. Eds. Barbara A. Hanawalt & David Wallace. Minneapolis (Medieval Cultures, 9), pp. 155-178

·         Heywood, Colin (2001) A History of Childhood: Children and Childhood in the West from Medieval to Modern Times. Cambridge: Polity Press (chapter 1)

·         Holt, Jenny (2002) The Textual Formation of Adolescence in Turn-of-the-Century Youth Periodicals, Victorian Periodicals Review 35,1: 63-88

·         Houbre, Gabrielle (1996) Les jeunes filles au fil du temps, CLIO, N° 4 []

·         Janssen, D. F. (2003) Growing Up Sexually. Volume II. The Sexual Curriculum. 0.1 ed., Victoria Park, W.A.: Books Reborn [web-accessible]

·         Janssen, D. F. (2004) Postdevelopmental Sexualities: Don’t Bring the Kids. Paper delivered at the XVIth Deutsche Gesellschaft für Sozialwissenschaftliche Sexualforschung (DGSS) Conference on Social Scientific Sexuality Research “Sexualities and Social Change”, June 25-27, 2004, Lüneburg. [PDF]

·         Janssen, D. F. (2005a) Sex and Curriculum in Life Narratives: A Poststructuralist Meditation. Mini-Thesis submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Bachelor of Cultural Anthropology, Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands, June 2005 [HTM] [PDF: download here]

·         Janssen, D. F. (2005b) Queering “the” Child Where it Hurts the Most. Or: What’s Fundamentally Wrong about Eating Cookies? Paper delivered at 3rd Queer Zagreb’s International Conference “Heteronormativity of Childhoods”, September 9–11 2005, Zagreb, Croatia [HTM] [PDF]

·         Janssen, D. F. (2005c) Age Trouble. Unpublished, December 2005 [HTM] [PDF]

·         Janssen, D. F. (200X) The Notion of Boyhood in Cross-Cultural Perspective. In preparation, 2006

·         Jobs, Richard Ivan (2002) Riding the new wave: Youth and the rejuvenation of France after World War II. PhD Dissertation, Rutgers The State University of New Jersey - New Brunswick

  • Kett, J. F. (1971) Adolescence and Youth in Nineteenth-Century America, J Interdiscipl Hist 2,2:283-98. Reprinted in Rabb, Th. K. & Rotberg, R. R. (Eds., 1976) The Family in History. New York: Octagon Books, pp. 95-110

·        Lallukka, Kirsi (1996) [How Old Would You Like to Be? Questions Concerning Age and Age Research], The Finnish Journal of Youth Research ("Nuorisotutkimus") Vol 14, (4), pp. 3-16

·        Laz, Ch. (1998). Act your Age. Sociological Forum, 13, 85-114

·         Lesko, N. (1996) Past, present, and future: conceptions of adolescence. Educational Theory 46 (4), 453–472

·         Lesko, N. (2000) Making Adolescence at the Turn of the Century: Discourse and the Exclusion of Girls, Current Issues in Comparative Education, 2(2) []

·         Lett, Didier (1996) Le corps de la jeune fille. Regards de clercs sur l'adolescente aux XIIe-XIVe siècles, CLIO, N°4 []

·         Morss, J. R. (1990) The Biologising of Childhood: Developmental Psychology and the Darwinian Myth. Hillsdale, NJ, England: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc.

·         Morss, J. R. (1996) Growing Critical: Alternatives to Developmental Psychology. London & New York: Routledge

·         Neubauer, John. (1992) The Fin-de-Siècle Culture of Adolescence. New Haven: Yale UP

·         O’Neil, ML (2000) 'Act your Age!': Law, Culture and the Boundary between Child and Adult. PhD Dissertation, University of Kansas

·         Orme, N. (2001) Medieval Children. New Haven: Yale University Press

·         Øhra, Mattias (1997) Den Kulturelle Konstruksjon av Barndommen. Hovedfagsoppgave i pedagogikk. Universitetet i Oslo []

·         Raby, RC (2002) ‘A tangle of discourses: girls negotiating adolescence’ Journal of Youth Studies 5,4: 425–448

·         Sassenhausen, Ruth (2005) Grenzen und Grenzüberschreitungen in der Periodisierung menschlicher Lebensalter. Zu‘Schwellenzuständen’ in der Artusepik des hohen Mittelalters. Symposium des Mediävistenverbandes, Frankfurt (Oder) 14-17. März 2005 “Grenze und Grenzüberschreitung im Mittelalter” [abstract]

  • Schultz, J. A. (1991) Medieval Adolescence: The Claims of History and the Silence of German Narrative, Speculum 66,3:519-39
  • Schultz, J. A.(1995) The Knowledge of Childhood in the German Middle Ages, 1100–1350. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press

·         Springhall, J. (1986) Coming of age: adolescence in Britain, 1860-1960. Dublin: Gill & Macmillan

  • Turmel, A. (2004) Towards a Historical Sociology of Developmental Thinking: The Case of Generation, Paedagogica Historica (Gent), 40,4, 419–434
  • Vann, Richard T. (1982) The Youth of Centuries of Childhood [A Review of Reviews], History & Theory 21:279-297
  • Värtö, Petteri (1999) [The Stamp of a Child], The Finnish Journal of Youth Research ("Nuorisotutkimus") 17, (4):2-9
  • Whitehall, Harold (1939) The Etymology of Lad, Philological Quarterly 18:19-24





Janssen, D. F., Growing Up Sexually. 0.2 ed. 2004. Berlin: Magnus Hirschfeld Archive for Sexology

Last revised: Mar 2006