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De la naturalisation des différences de genre à l'individualisation des corps : regards de professionnels de santé sur la puberté

Abstract : This chapter analyzes what health care professionals say about children aged 9 to 14 years, and about puberty. It questions the evidence of a binary differentiation experienced as "natural" by professionals and built on hierarchical social differentiation (Mathieu, 1991; Guillaumin, 1992; Laqueur 1990). It crosses the dimensions of gender, age, social class and ethnicity such that they construct stereotypes by homogenizing and hierarchizing children and adolescents. The clinical observations of professionals do not, however, resist the stereotypes of the hypersexualized girl or early puberty, nor of the boy always late compared to girls of his age. The clinical observations do not lead them to question the binarity of gender/sex; the professionals then produce a discourse on the singularity, the normality of the variability of pubertal temporalities as long as they remain within the statistical standards. A strong disjunction appears between the international media and medical alerts on the earlier onset of puberty and the discourse of the professionals interviewed who do not adhere to this alarm.
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Virginie Vinel. De la naturalisation des différences de genre à l'individualisation des corps : regards de professionnels de santé sur la puberté. Sinigaglia-Amadio S. (dir.), Enfance et genre. De la construction des rapports de genre et ses conséquences, Nancy, PUL., 2014. ⟨halshs-03033997⟩

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