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Sex, Power and Consent
Youth Culture and the Unwritten Rules


  • Date Published: July 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521144292

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  • Sex, Power and Consent: Youth Culture and the Unwritten Rules draws on the real world stories and experiences of young women and young men - as told in their own words - regarding love, sex, relationships and negotiating consent. Judicious reference to feminist and sociological theory underpins explicit connections between young people's lived experience and current international debates. Issues surrounding youth sex within popular culture, sexuality education and sexual violence prevention are thoroughly explored. In a clear, incisive and eminently readable manner, Anastasia Powell develops a compelling framework for understanding the 'unwritten rules' and the gendered power relations in which sexual negotiations take place. Ultimately Sex, Power and Consent provides practical strategies for young people, and those working with them, toward the prevention of sexual violence.

    • Informed by empirical research and interviews with young women and men regarding gendered power and sexual relations
    • Draws on feminist and sociological theory
    • Provides practical commentary towards the prevention of sexual violence
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    '… this is a terrific book: really well written and very engaging, full of useful, cogently expressed ideas about what is going on with young people and sex right now and how things might be improved. It has the capacity to make an important intervention and a strong impact, in part because it moves so well across fields and therefore has a wide readership, and in part because it addresses so many pressing current issues … The strongest aspects of the book are its topic and the freshness, openness and interdisciplinarity in its approach, its fantastic readability, and its careful attention to the discursive regimes within which young people operate as sexual actors.' Anita Harris, University of Queensland

    'This book is extremely relevant, up to date and presented in a well-written accessible style that is non-judgemental and seeks to explore all aspects of sexuality and sex behaviour using information gleaned from the words of the young people, Generation Y.' Rachel Gillibrand, Sex Education: Sexuality, Society and Learning

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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 2010
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521144292
    • length: 224 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 12 mm
    • weight: 0.31kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of tables
    1. Introduction: rewriting the rules?
    2. Generation Y: problematic representations of 'youth' and 'sex'
    3. Sex: the 'new' rules of engagement
    4. Power: framing sexual violence in young people's everyday encounters
    5. Consent: negotiating consensual sex
    6. Technology: unauthorised sexual images and sexual violence
    7. Education: sex, power and consent in schools
    8. Prevention: policy, programs and practical strategies
    9. Conclusion: rewriting the rules, preventing sexual violence

  • Author

    Anastasia Powell, La Trobe University, Victoria
    Anastasia Powell is Lecturer in Sociology in the School of Social Sciences at La Trobe University, Victoria.

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