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Girlhood and the Politics of Place

Edited by Claudia Mitchell and Carrie Rentschler

Full Text PDF | Full Text ePUB Made available under a CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 license with support from Knowledge Unlatched.

354 pages, 23 illus., 1 table, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-0-85745-602-1 $135.00/£99.00 Hb Published (January 2016)

ISBN  978-1-78533-017-9 $34.95/£27.95 Pb Published (January 2016)

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“Firmly grounded in gender and women’s studies’ core concepts and questions, students and scholars alike will find this an important contribution Girlhood Studies, which each chapter promising various applications perhaps not yet considered.” • Canadian Women’s Studies

“Comprised of eighteen erudite, informative, and insightful articles by experts in their field, Girlhood and the Politics of Place is enhanced with the further inclusion of an illuminating Introduction… an Epilogue, numerous figures and a table… and a twenty-one page Index. Presenting a body of seminal and original scholarship, [this volume] is an extraordinary study and highly recommended for both college and university library collections.” • Midwest Book Review

“Much of the literature in the field can fall into romanticizing girls; essentialist notions of girls based on age-as-fact, race, geography, or socioeconomics; or theoretical constructs that mirror popular cultural conceptions rather than challenging them. This text avoids these traps. The chapters take up a significant social and political consideration in the lives and subjectivities of girls and the construction of ideas of girls.” • Susan Talburt, Georgia State University

“A fascinating collection of truly creative essays that convincingly demonstrates how integral and energizing ‘place-making’ is to girls’ everyday lives, identities, activism, and scholarship. By inspiring new avenues of scholarly investigation, [this book] can potentially reshape the field of Girls Studies.” • Miriam Forman-Brunell, University of Missouri, Kansas City


Examining context-specific conditions in which girls live, learn, work, play, and organize deepens the understanding of place-making practices of girls and young women worldwide. Focusing on place across health, literary and historical studies, art history, communications, media studies, sociology, and education allows for investigations of how girlhood is positioned in relation to interdisciplinary and transnational research methodologies, media environments, geographic locations, history, and social spaces. This book offers a comprehensive reading on how girlhood scholars construct and deploy research frameworks that directly engage girls in the research process.

Claudia Mitchell is a James McGill Professor in the Faculty of Education at McGill University and an Honorary Professor at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. She has written extensively in the area of girlhood studies and is the co-founder and editor-in-chief for the award-winning Girlhood Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal.

Carrie Rentschler is Associate Professor and William Dawson Scholar of Feminist Media Studies in the Department of Art History and Communication Studies, and Associate Member and former Director of the Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies at McGill University. She is the author of Second Wounds: Victims’ Rights and the Media in the U.S. (Duke University Press, 2011).

Subject: Gender Studies and Sexuality Anthropology (General)

Girlhood and the Politics of Place Edited by Claudia Mitchell and Carrie Rentschler is available open access under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) with support from Knowledge Unlatched.

Full Text PDF | Full Text ePUB

OA ISBN: 978-1-78533-374-3


List of Illustrations

Introduction: The Significance of Place in Girlhood Studies
Carrie Rentschler and Claudia Mitchell


Chapter 1. Under the Shadow of Empire: Indigenous Girls' Presencing as Decolonizing Force
Sandrina de Finney

Chapter 2. Voices in Longitude and Latitude: Girlhood at the Intersection of Art and Ethnography
Marnina Gonick

Chapter 3. Nowhere to Go, Nothing to Do: Place, Desire, and Country Girlhood
Catherine Driscoll

Chapter 4. Landscapes of Academic Success: Smart Girls and School Culture
Rebecca Raby and Shauna Pomerantz


Chapter 5. Charting Girlhood Studies
Claudia Mitchell

Chapter 6. Teen Feminist Killjoys? Mapping Girls’ Affective Encounters with Femininity, Sexuality, and Feminism at School
Jessica Ringrose and Emma Renold

Chapter 7. Placing the Girlhood Scholar into the Politics of Change: A Reflexive Account
Caroline Caron

Chapter 8. Returns and Departures Through Girlhood: Memory-work as an Approach to the Politics of Place in Mother-Daughter Narratives
Teresa Strong-Wilson

Chapter 9. Girls Action Network: Reflecting on Systems Change through the Politics of Place
Tatiana Fraser, Nisha Sajnani, Alyssa Louw, and Stephanie Austin


Chapter 10. “What This Picture of a Girl Means to Me”: The Place of Girlhood Images in the Art History University Classroom
Loren Lerner

Chapter 11. Modding as Making: Religious Flap Books Created by Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Anglo-American Girls
Jacqueline Reid-Walsh

Chapter 12. Where are the Irish Girls? Girlhood, Irishness, and L.T. Meade
Susan Cahill

Chapter 13. “God is a DJ”: Girls, Music, Performance, and Negotiating Space
Geraldine Bloustien

Chapter 14. Creating and Regulating Identity in Online Spaces: Girlhood, Social Networking, and Avatars
Connie Morrison


Chapter 15. Making Activism Accessible: Exploring Girls’ Blogs as Sites of Contemporary Feminist Activism
Jessalynn Keller

Chapter 16. “Ain’t no Justice… It’s Just Us”: Girls Organizing Against Sexual and Carceral Violence
Lena Palacios

Chapter 17. From the Playing Field to the Policy Table: Stakeholders’ Responses to Rwandan Schoolgirls’ Photographs on Physical Activity and Sport in Secondary Schools
Lysanne Rivard

Chapter 18. Girls, Condoms, Tradition, and Abstinence: Making Sense of HIV Prevention Discourses in Rural South Africa
Katie MacEntee


Notes on Contributors

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