Beyond the Body Count

Field Notes as First Responder Witness Accounts

in Girlhood Studies
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Patricia Krueger-Henney University of Massachusetts Boston patricia.krueger@umb.edu

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Abstract

I position critical ethnographic researcher field notes as an opportunity to document the physical and ideological violence that white settler states and institutions on the school-prison nexus inflict on the lives of girls of color generally and Black girls specifically. By drawing on my own field notes, I argue that critical social science researchers have an ethical duty to move their inquiries beyond conventions of settler colonial empirical science when they are wanting to create knowledges that transcend traditions of body counts and classification systems of human lives. As first responders to the social emergencies in girls’ lives, researchers can make palpable spatialization of institutionalized forms of settler epistemologies to convey more girl-centered ways of speaking against quantifiable hierarchies of human life.

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Patricia Krueger-Henney's (ORCID: 0000-0001-7891-5428) research follows mixed-method designs to examine educational policies in urban school systems. Moreover, through participatory action research, she documents how young people perceive and experience social injustices produced and reproduced by current purposes of education. She has authored journal articles, book chapters, and conference papers outlining how youth-centered visual narratives situate purposes of education as embodied and spatialized knowledges. Prior to joining the University of Massachusetts Boston, Krueger-Henney was a faculty member of various teacher education programs and also directed many afterschool youth leadership programs for New York City public high school students. Email: Patricia.Krueger@umb.edu

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