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Boyhood Studies

An Interdisciplinary Journal

Aims & Scope

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Boyhood Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal is a peer-reviewed journal providing a forum for the discussion of boyhood, young masculinities, and boys’ lives by exploring the full scale of intricacies, challenges, and legacies that inform male and masculine developments. Boyhood Studies is committed to a critical and international scope and solicits both articles and special issue proposals from a variety of research fields including, but not limited to, the social and psychological sciences, historical and cultural studies, philosophy, and social, legal, and health studies.

One of the core missions of the journal is to initiate conversation across disciplines, research angles, and intellectual viewpoints. Both theoretical and empirical contributions fit the journal’s scope with critical literature reviews and review essays also welcomed. Possible topics include boyish and tomboyish genders; boys and schooling; boys and (post)feminisms; the folklore, mythology, and poetics of “male development”; son-parent and male student-teacher relations; young masculinities in the digital and postdigital ages; young sexualities; as well as representations of boyhoods across temporalities, geographies, and cultures.

Subjects: Gender Studies, Childhood and Youth Studies, Education, Social Sciences, Cultural Studies

Current Issue

Volume 10, Issue 2, Fall 2017

Special Issue

Contemporary Boys’ Literacies and Boys’ Literatures

Guest Editors: Garth Stahl and Cynthia Brock


Theorizing Boys’ Literacies and Boys’ Literatures in Contemporary Times
Garth Stahl and Cynthia Brock


My Words, My Literacy: Tracking of and Teaching through the On-Field Language Practices of Australian Indigenous Boys
David Caldwell, Nayia Cominos, and Katie Gloede

A Literacy Landscape Unresolved: Beyond the Boy Crisis and into Superhero Fiction
Michael Kehler and Jacob Cassidy

African American Boys’ Critical Literacy Development: The Impact of Two Strategies
Stiles X. Simmons and Karen M. Feathers

Books Are Boring! Books Are Fun! Boys’ Polarized Perspectives on Reading
Laura Scholes

Sponsoring Ways of Being: Adolescent Boys’ Religious Literacy Practices
Deborah Vriend Van Duinen

Buffeted by Political Winds: Children’s Literature in Communist Romania
Adrian Solomon

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