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Abstract deadline
06 September 2021

Manuscript deadline
31 March 2022

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Journal of Gender Studies

Special Issue Editor(s)

Prof. Sally Hines, University of Sheffield
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Dr Jamie Hakim, University of East Anglia
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Dr Karen Cuthbert, University of Sheffield

Dr Joseph Hall, University of Sheffield

Dr Sharon Elley, University of Leeds

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Living Gender in Diverse Times: Young People’s Understandings and Practices of Gender

This Special Issue emerges in the context of a rapidly shifting gendered landscape, in which there have been significant developments (but also re-entrenchments and backlashes) in terms of how gender and gender diversity are understood, legislated and practiced on a global scale. For example, as concepts such as ‘toxic masculinity’ have worked their way into popular consciousness, aided in part by the #MeToo movement, and as Belgium becomes the third European country to permit an ‘X’ passport identifier, a rash of US states have recently enacted laws effectively excluding trans teens from school sports, and some European countries, such as Hungary, have banned gender studies in higher education institutions. As Correodor aptly puts it, there is an international ‘tug-of-war [for] ontological and political control over the term “gender”’ (2019: 618).

Amidst significant cultural commentary, young people in particular are seen to be imbricated in these shifts, often in polarized and binary ways. Young people have been celebrated as trailblazers and vanguards of new (un)gendered worlds, whilst at the same time being positioned as particularly vulnerable and in need of protection. The ESRC funded project ‘Living Gender in Diverse Times’ has sought to critically explore such claims and declarations, and to open them up to scholarly examination.

Building on this work, this Special Issue seeks papers - empirical, theoretical and methodological - from a variety of disciplinary and national perspectives, which explore and interrogate how young people are responding to and (re)creating gendered terrains. We are interested in contributions that situate young people’s gendered lifeworlds amidst wider structuring forces, including critical analysis of intersecting power relations of ‘race’, class, citizenship, disability, sexuality, nationality, place, age and religion.

The contributions may include but are not limited to:
- Experiences of cis, trans, non-binary and intersex young people
- Young people’s gendered experiences across a variety of spheres such as family, education, work, sexuality, intimate relationships, health, leisure, digital media, peer groups, law and policy
- Intersectional and transnational analyses of young people’s gendered lives
- Policy, practitioner, educational and youth work perspectives on gender and gender diversity in relation to young people
- Cultural and media analyses of gender, gender diversity, and young people
- Theoretical developments in youth and gender studies
- Young people and gendered embodiments
- Critical perspectives on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in relation to young people
- Methodological and epistemological discussions of researching young people and gender
- Discussions of generation and time in relation in young people and gender

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Submission Instructions

Abstract Submission:

Abstracts of 300 words maximum should be sent to:
Sally Hines (Guest Editor): [email protected] and to Jamie Hakim (Journal of Gender Studies Editor): [email protected] by Monday 6th September 2021

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