For the Spring 2018 issue of Boyhood Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal (Volume 11), the editors invite critical contributions to theories of “boyhoods”, “male development”, and “young masculinities”. These various monikers already advertise divergent angles and frames of approaching, circumscribing, and capturing boys’ lives in theory. “Theory” extends widely to the conceptual apparatus of the psychological and developmental sciences (developmental psychology, evolutionary psychology, psychoanalysis), gender/sexuality/sex role/queer/LGBT studies, and allied disciplines. What have been the implications, the work, the dissonances, and the exclusions of developmental theories as they pertain to the young male? What have been the historical backdrops, what are the current implications, and what are the prospects of theorizing “young masculinities”? For instance, how have “men’s” and/or “masculinities” studies dealt with the early life course?

General call for papers

Boyhood Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal is a peer-reviewed journal providing a forum for the discussion of boyhood, young masculinities, and boys’ lives by exploring the full scale of intricacies, challenges, and legacies that inform male and masculine developments. Boyhood Studies is committed to a critical and international scope and solicits both articles and special issue proposals from a variety of research fields including, but not limited to, the social and psychological sciences, historical and cultural studies, philosophy, and social, legal, and health studies.

One of the core missions of the journal is to initiate conversation across disciplines, research angles, and intellectual viewpoints. Both theoretical and empirical contributions fit the journal’s scope with critical literature reviews and review essays also welcomed. Possible topics include boyish and tomboyish genders; boys and schooling; boys and (post)feminisms; the folklore, mythology, and poetics of “male development”; son-parent and male student-teacher relations; young masculinities in the digital and postdigital ages; young sexualities; as well as representations of boyhoods across temporalities, geographies, and cultures.

 Article Submissions

First drafts are due September 15, 2017 (Later submissions may be considered if proposals are received before this time.). Final accepted drafts are due January 15, 2018. Publication is in
Spring 2018.

The standard length of articles is 6,500 words, although shorter or longer manuscripts will be considered. Please follow the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition.

Authors should submit articles electronically as attachments by e-mail (Microsoft Word file or equivalent). Submit manuscripts, and any queries to

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