Gender, Childhood and Youth Research Cluster
This research cluster will focus on upon gender, childhood and youth from an interdisciplinary perspective. We will consider issues such as gender socialization through parenting, education, literature, and media; gendered images of childhood and youth in media and popular culture; youth media production; children's and teenagers' media consumption and fandom; gender-specific children's organizations such as the Boy Scouts and the Girl Scouts; self-esteem and body image in children and youth; childhood and adolescent sexuality; gendered play; child and teenage celebrities; transnational and comparative girls' and boys' cultures; minority and immigrant children and youth within the United States (considered from a gendered perspective); public policy, gender and children; queer, transgender, and intersexed children; gendered histories and theories of childhood and youth; and other related themes as participants raise them. We expect to include faculty and graduate students from American Studies, Radio-Television-Film, English, History, Theatre and Dance, Sociology, Psychology, Music, Anthropology, Social Work, Government, Education, Art History, Biology, and a range of other fields.
Coordinator: Julia Mickenberg (AMS).