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Michael R. M. Ward and Thomas Thurnell-Read

of how boys and young men construct their identities in terms of belonging. In the next section of this paper we define the concept of belonging and its connections to boyhood, before moving to outline the articles which make up this special issue

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Heather Ellis

This introductory article explains the aims of the interdisciplinary conference “Masculinity and the Other” held at Balliol College, Oxford, August 29-30, 2007, at which all of the papers comprising this special issue of Thymos: Journal of Boyhood Studies were first presented. It points out the prominence which the notions of the “boy” and boyhood and the life-cycle enjoyed at the conference and seeks more generally to suggest the benefits a more fully integrated discussion of these topics might bring to the fields of masculinity and gender studies.

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Catherine Emerson

This article explores attitudes toward boyhood shaped by the traumatic experiences of the First World War. It focuses particularly on the work of the little-known French author, Paul Cazin, and his attempts to commemorate the entirety of “the lost generation” by transcending divisions of religion and secularism that characterized boyhood activities in France before the war. The figure of the “Manneken-Pis” enables him to do this and is particularly suited to the expression of conflicting attitudes toward militarism in boyhood. Cazin’s intellectual program leads to a reading of the famous Manneken-Pis fountain depicting a urinating boy as a religious artifact. A variety of interwar responses to the statue demonstrate the strength of emotion provoked by the figure of the young boy. The fact that these responses have been enshrined in modern cultural and artistic practices suggests the extent to which the experience of the First World War still conditions attitudes toward boyhood.

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Jeff Hearn

, fatherhood. In this line of thinking, sport is an exemplary institution. The construction of (real) boyhood, the move from boyhood to manhood, and the practice(s) of sport often are in a close symbiotic relation, across institutions, schooling systems

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Theorizing Boys’ Literacies and Boys’ Literatures in Contemporary Times

Garth Stahl and Cynthia Brock

-stakes standardized testing ( Rizvi and Lingard 2010 ) is the rise of the “deficit boys discourse” ( Hayes and Lingard 2003 ) or “failing boys” discourse ( Epstein et al. 1998 ; Keddie 2007 ; Watson 2011 ). In their studies of boyhood, Rob Gilbert and Pam Gilbert

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The Concept of Sentimental Boyhood

The Emotional Education of Boys in Mexico during the Early Porfiriato, 1876–1884

Carlos Zúñiga Nieto

Romantic attitudes toward the concept of boyhood flourished in the Yucatán region during the beginning of the independence fight in Cuba against Spain in 1868. Recent scholarship has focused on the changing concepts of childhood through hygiene

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Men and Masculinities the Journal

Raewyn Connell's Influence on its New Vision

Joseph D. Nelson, Tristan Bridges, and Kristen Barber

Founded over 20 years ago, the journal of Men and Masculinities has been a central scholarly outlet for empirical research in the growing field of gender, boyhood, and masculinity studies. Since its inception, it has published contemporary

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Michael J. Richardson

repeatedly overstated. The retrospection offered through this special issue of Boyhood Studies comes at an important time, when there is so much focus on the “left behinds” ( Burrell et al. 2019 ). Those who are claimed to be “left behind” almost always

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Timothy Laurie, Catherine Driscoll, Liam Grealy, Shawna Tang, and Grace Sharkey

's four-tiered account of structured social relations—distinguishing the political, economic, emotional, and symbolic—provides an important corrective to reductionist approaches to both feminism and boyhood. In the following section, we explain how Connell

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Martin Woodside

of adolescence and popular culture in the second half of the nineteenth century. Specifically, public reaction to the crime gestures to broader cultural connections between boys, boyhood, and frontier mythos embedded in readings of the American dime