We take the title of our editorial introduction to this themed issue of Girlhood
Studies from Sandrina de Finney’s lead article in which she explores
“alternative conceptualizations of trauma, place, and girlhood that might
enact a more critical, politicized girlhood studies.” Contributions to this
issue offer what the guest editors refer to as a re-description of girls in crisis.
In so doing not only do they offer challenges to definitions of crisis, they
also deepen our understanding of what transformative practices might look
like. From a consideration of Indigenous girlhood in Canada to a study of
country girls in Australia, from work on YouTube to Holloback! and other
social media platforms to girls’ digital representations of their own safety,
and from changes in newspaper discourse about murdered girls to a consideration
of work done with incarcerated girls, we are invited to re-think this
notion of girls-in-crisis, and its significance.