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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.

CALL FOR PAPERS: Boys and Contemporary Global Youth Sport (Volume 10, Issue 1)

Contemporary Boys’ Literacies / Boys’ Literatures (Volume 10, Issue 2)

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

Current Issue

Autumn 2016, Volume 9(2)


Diederik F. Janssen


The Nineteenth-Century Dime Western, Boyhood, and Empowered Adolescence
Martin Woodside

The Development and Validation of the Gender Role Conflict Scale for Irish Adolescent Boys
Cormac Ó Beaglaoich, Mark Kiss, Clíodhna Ní Bheaglaoich, and Todd G. Morrison

Factors in the Development of Spatial Cognition in Boys and Girls: Assessing the Impacts of Biology and Navigational Experience
Mariah G. Schug

The Biologically Vulnerable Boy: Framing Sex Differences in Childhood Infectious Disease Mortality
Heather T. Battles

Boys, Inclusive Masculinities, and Injury: Some Research Perspectives
Adam White and Stefan Robinson

The Erotics of Adolescent Male Altruism
Jay Mechling

Book Reviews

A Hard Life for Hard Men—and Boys!
(Boy Soldiers of the American Revolution by Caroline Cox)
James Marten

Scouting and the Modern Boy
(Modern Manhood and the Boy Scouts of America: Citizenship, Race, and the Environment, 1910–1930, by Benjamin René Jordan)
Jay Mechling

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