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Between Agency and Abuse

A Look at the Representation of Childhood Sexuality through Media and Art

Bestellnummer: 14148 (Print) / 14149 (PDF)
Autoren/Hrsg.: Korinna McRobert
Erscheinungsjahr: 2020
Seitenzahl: 80
ISBN: 978-3-95414-148-7 (Print) / 978-3-95414-149-4 (PDF)
Reihe: Childhood Studies and Children’s Rights

Verfügbarkeit: lieferbar

16,90 €
13,99 €

Between agency and abuse

Über das Buch

This book tackles the theme of childhood sexuality, through the examination of its representation in media, namely art. The discussion surrounds the sometimes-subtle differences between art and pornography. Child pornography definitions are discussed and put into perspective through elaboration on the history and establishment of what we term as 'childhood', looking at the concepts of childhood innocence, agency and adultism. The representation of children is analysed through the platform of art, namely photography and painting, choosing images that have provoked and upset in the recent past. The specific situations are considered and the discussion is placed within the context of children’s rights, using the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and its Optional Protocol on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography (Optional Protocol) as tools to do so. This text offers a multidisciplinary perspective on the taboo of childhood sexuality, anchoring the argument in the discipline of childhood studies, through the use of analytical methods from the field of visual anthropology.

Book Series: Childhood Studies and Children’s Rights
This series has the aim to bring forth current children’s rights and childhood themes, that have been researched from different perspectives by students of the ­international and interdisciplinary advanced MA Childhood Studies and Children’s Rights, University of Applied Sciences Potsdam. The students come from different countries, contexts and professional backgrounds and have globalized biographies. This is reflected in the wealth of themes presented.

Reihe: Childhood Studies and Children’s Rights
In dieser Reihe werden exzellente Prüfungsarbeiten von Studierenden des internationalen, interdisziplinären Weiterbildungsstudiengangs MA Childhood Studies and Children’s Rights, Fachhochschule Potsdam, herausgegeben. Die Arbeiten widmen sich aktuellen Kinderrechtethemen aus verschiedenen Perspektiven. Die Studierenden kommen aus unterschiedlichen Ländern und haben verschiedene berufliche Hintergründe. Zumeist haben sie eine globalisierte Biografie. Dies spiegelt sich im Reichtum der Themenwahl.


Ingrid Stapf & Jörg Maywald



Child Pornography
The Conceptualisation of Childhood
Perceptions of Childhood Sexuality


Art Analysis
Photography : Sally Mann
Photography : Bill Henson
Painting : Balthus
Art as Platform


Considering Context
Child Participation in Art
Children's Rights Expanded
The Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography (Optional Protocol)

Considerations and Conclusions

Abstract (English)
Abstract (Deutsch)

Zu den Autoren

Korinna McRobert was born in Nicosia, Cyprus in 1987, where she grew up with mixed heritage: Greek Cypriot and British. She studied art in England and childhood studies in Germany. Her work is multi-disciplinary, focusing on hybrid approaches to looking at sociological issues. Her motivations for both her artistic and academic work come from personal experience and individual curiosities that shape her own questions about society. Since 2009 she has made video and performance artwork that has been screened and performed internationally. Her topics are autobiographical and deal with themes surrounding corporeality, identity and trauma, to name a few. Since completing her Masters degree in 2018 she has expanded into academia; writing and lecturing on childhood sexuality and children's rights. She plans to continue studying and exploring these issues in more depth, using both artistic and scientific methods. She lives and learns in Berlin.

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