Sessualità normate tra pratiche educative e voci adolescenti Un’esperienza etnografica nei consultori di Roma

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Alice Manfroni


This paper aims to reflect on the interconnection between sexuality, gender
and age. Moving from my ethnographic research conducted in Rome concerning the
sexual education activities carried out in schools by some public family counseling, I
discuss the sexuality of adolescents and its meanings within a specific health and social
institution through a critical analysis of the discursive categories used by the social
actors met in the field. The anthropological gaze gives back legitimacy to the plurality of
roles, subjectivities, sexual and affective relationships that teenagers experience in their
everyday lives. The analysis will show how anthropology can restore the complexity
of legal and socio-cultural norms, by answering to the adolescents’ needs, and by
building sexual education activities starting from the teenagers’ voices and experiences.
Finally, I will attempt to bring out the capacities of feminist anthropology both of
problematizing normative discourses and proposing an alternative discourse regarding
sexuality, relationship, and adolescence.

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MANFRONI, Alice. Sessualità normate tra pratiche educative e voci adolescenti. Antropologia Pubblica, [S.l.], v. 7, n. 1, p. 85 - 106, july 2021. ISSN 2531-8799. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 11 dec. 2023. doi: