What Does “Boyhood Studies” Mean?

in Boyhood Studies
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  • 1 Edge Hill University Ashleym@edgehill.ac.uk
  • 2 University of Halle juergen.budde@uni-flensburg.de
  • 3 Independent scholar, New York acalimach@gmail.com
  • 4 University of Oxford h.l.ellis@sheffield.ac.uk
  • 5 University of Western Australia
  • 6 University of Akron
  • 7 Independent researcher, The Netherlands diederikjanssen@gmail.com
  • 8 Griffith University a.keddie@uq.edu.au
  • 9 University of Ottawa mookb@uottawa.ca
  • 10 The Open University peter.redman@open.ac.uk
  • 11 University of Texas Pan American maria.reyes@utrgv.edu
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For this, the sixth issue of Thymos, which will conclude its third year of publication and with a lively plan of upcoming issues already in place, I asked the members of our editorial board and all past contributors to Thymos to informally respond to this question: “As someone who has written about ‘the boy’ and ‘boyhood’, how do you conceptualize and define these terms as you begin to study and write about issues facing ‘boys’, in the cities, in rural settings, in schools, in various contemporary cultures?” I also suggested that the meaning of “the boy” and “boyhood” may, in fact, be the central issue of boyhood studies at this point. The question elicited eleven remarkably different responses, which follow.

Boyhood Studies

An Interdisciplinary Journal