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Veronika Novoselova

strength. Historically, theories of child development imagined children as imperfect, incomplete beings-in-the-making or, as Jens Qvortrup suggested, as “human becomings” (1994: 4) juxtaposed against supposedly rational and independent adults. Childhood

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Reframing Disability through Graphic Novels for Girls

Alternative Bodies in Cece Bell’s El Deafo

Wendy Smith-D’Arezzo and Janine Holc

to achieve a goal, or helps a community understand itself or become more tolerant. Media (now social media) stories of ill or disabled children exhibiting great strength or endurance are pervasive; they are defined first by their impairment, and then

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I’m Not Loud, I’m Outspoken

Narratives of Four Jamaican Girls’ Identity and Academic Success

Rowena Linton and Lorna McLean

highlighted the role and strength of their mother who served as a source of inspiration. Most of the girls stated that they desired to achieve a university education because their mothers were deprived of such opportunities. In some cases, they were constantly

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Their Journey to Triumphant Activism

14 Young Women Speak Out

Nokukhanya Ngcobo

-love, self-respect, and the strength of these young women. Takatso Mohlomi’s advice to herself is striking. She says, “Be careful of what you get yourself into, and be wise enough not to live according to people’s expectations of your life style. It is your

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April Mandrona

of exploration including the ethics of recognition, truth-telling, and decolonization, as well as indigenization. The introduction by Lindquist et al. to the Special Section on Indigenous Girls, “Speaking Our Truths, Building Our Strengths: Shaping

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“I Hope Nobody Feels Harassed”

Teacher Complicity in Gender Inequality in a Middle School

Susan McCullough

demonstrating strength or control. Boys enjoyed showing the girls how little they feared being hit by them or pushed out of the way when they attempted to block a girl’s route through the hallways or in a classroom. Verbal abuse, in which the boys policed the

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Girls’ Work in a Rural Intercultural Setting

Formative Experiences and Identity in Peasant Childhood

Ana Padawer

incorporate the active role played by subjects in the production and attribution of meaning to differences, without losing their structural strength in social relationships. In this conceptual turn, anthropologist Claudia Briones (2007) argued some years ago

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Contemporary Girls Studies

Reflections on the Inaugural International Girls Studies Association Conference

Victoria Cann, Sarah Godfrey, and Helen Warner

“this plenary was a wonderful way to showcase the collaborative impact activist-based research work is making” (n.p.). A key strength of any interdisciplinary conference and seminar that explores contemporary childhoods and girl-hoods is not only the

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Authenticity and Aspiration

Exploring the CBBC Television Tween

Sarah Godfrey

have fun. The trio of Jas, Martha, and Lily functions to create a whole in that each individual’s strengths and weaknesses are positioned in relation to the group. In episodes in which one of the girls breaks rank with the group, all group members are

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Paula MacDowell

with her mother where she sees all those magazines that are prescriptive texts telling her how to be and picks up a cooking magazine that acts as a mask or screen to hide behind. By sharing her viewpoints, Meledy finds strength. She uses her voice. By