Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 17:00 to 18:30
Boardroom, Level 2, Law Building, UNSW Kensington
Adolescent Boys, Heteromasculinities, and Sexual Violence

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Professor James W. Messerschmidt, University of Southern Maine.


In this talk James W. Messerschmidt summarised several life-history case studies of adolescent boys who eventually engaged in various forms of sexual violence against children. The life stories reveal the interrelationship among in-school bullying, reflexivity, embodied structured action, and the social construction of heteromasculinities in the commission of adolescent sexual violence against children. Professor Messerschmidt concluded with a discussion of the implications his research has to the evolving nature of feminist theory in understanding sexual violence by children against children. 
Speaker Bio:

Professor James W. Messerschmidt is Distinguished University Professor of Sociology, Chair, Criminology Department, Women's and Gender Studies Program, University of Southern Maine.

He is the author of over fifty academic articles and book chapters as well as eleven books, most recently Criminology (with Piers Beirne), Sixth Edition (Oxford University Press, 2015), and Masculinities in the Making (Rowman & Littlefield, 2016). Professor Messerschmidt teaches courses on gender and crime, white-collar crime, political crime, and introduction to women and gender studies.