Adolescence, Youth, Gender
& Sexuality Bibliographies

     There is an obvious intersection between studies on Guiding/Scouting and those of adolescents, youth (and youth movements), gender, and sexuality. Below is a selected bibliography of works dealing with these areas that have an impact and relevance to the history of Scouting and Guiding. Two longer bibliographies have been prepared on: Adolescence and Youth; and Gender & Sexuality, as PDF documents. Additional bibliographies on these subjects can be found on-line at: The Men’s Bibliography and Boyhood Studies. If you have additional references you’d like to recommend be added to the bibliographies, please contact us.


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  • Gillis, John R. Youth and History: Tradition and Change in European Age Relations, 1770-Present. New York: Academic Press, 1973.
  • Kett, Joseph F. Rites of Passage: Adolescence in America, 1790 to the Present. New York: Basic Books, 1977.
  • Laqueur, Walter. Young Germany: A History of the German Youth Movement. New York: Basic Books Pub. Co., 1962.
  • Maynes, Mary Jo, Birgitte Søland, and Christina Benninghaus. Secret Gardens, Satanic Mills: Placing Girls in European History, 1750-1960. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 2005.
  • Mitterauer, Michael. A History of Youth. Translated by Graeme Dunphy. Cambridge, MA: Blackwell Press, 1993.
  • Springhall, John. Youth, Empire, and Society: British Youth Movements, 1883-1940. London: Croom Helm, 1977.
  • ———. Coming of Age: Adolescence in Britain, 1860-1960. Dublin: Gill and Macmillan, 1986.
  • ———. Youth, Popular Culture and Moral Panics: Penny Gaffs to Gangsta-Rap, 1830-1996. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1998.
  • Stachura, Peter. The German Youth Movement, 1900-1945: An Interpretive and Documentary History. New York, 1981.

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