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Contemporary Girls Studies

Reflections on the Inaugural International Girls Studies Association Conference

Victoria Cann, Sarah Godfrey, and Helen Warner

the significance of girls’ cultural consumption, Moody makes clear the intellectual and political potential of this collection. Working from McRobbie’s premise that girls’ and women’s periodicals “are powerful ideological forces” (1990: 83) in need of

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Perfect Love in a Better World

Same-Sex Attraction between Girls

Wendy L. Rouse

that they were seeking. Notes 1 Although we would call her a young woman, an unmarried female was then described and regarded as being a girl. 2 Sherrie Inness used this phrase in the title of her 1997 book, The Lesbian Menace: Ideology, Identity, and

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A Social Negotiation of Hope

Male West African Youth, ‘Waithood’ and the Pursuit of Social Becoming through Football

Christian Ungruhe and James Esson

wants to enjoy, but to which one will never have material access” (Mbembe cited in Ferguson 2006: 192 ). It is not just that return migrants and the import of various media, commodities, and ideologies from around the world associated with migratory

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“I Hope Nobody Feels Harassed”

Teacher Complicity in Gender Inequality in a Middle School

Susan McCullough

their complicity with what lay behind the actions of the boys. I argue that that this complicity, carried out every day at FDMS, working apparently in tandem with that strand of postfeminist ideology that sees feminism to be unnecessary because gender

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Jessica Prioletta

responsible. In this way, we can challenge normative gender relations and re-conceptualize the concept of equality in education by problematizing education’s underlying values and ideologies. However, several questions remain for future research. What

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Naughtiest Girls, Go Girls, and Glitterbombs

Exploding Schoolgirl Fictions

Lucinda McKnight

of the book we read and the film we watch, we are always girled. We are always becoming girls, even as we are always becoming teachers ( Mitchell and Weber 1999 ) through an ideological maelstrom of cohering and disintegrating discourse ( Bakhtin 1981

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Hope Chest

Demythologizing Girlhood in Kate Bernheimer’s Trilogy

Catriona McAra

. The cultural history of the hope chest is revealing for the study of girlhood, particularly in terms of what this tradition discloses about young American women historically, and how their values and ideological beliefs are instilled, and their future

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“Like Alice, I was Brave”

The Girl in the Text in Olemaun’s Residential School Narratives

Roxanne Harde

’s persistent colonial ideology that sees these girls as exploitable and dispensable, but she also sees the ways in which they resist. As she notes, the lived history of these girls “is also characterized by an intergenerational strength that is too often

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Tweens as Technofeminists

Exploring Girlhood Identity in Technology Camp

Jen England and Robert Cannella

, script, record, and edit their podcasts. Producing and sharing podcasts allowed us to move away from curricular “gender and generational ideologies that keep female youth limited to the feminized position of consumer” and toward facilitating girls

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Girlhood and Ethics

The Role of Bodily Integrity

Mar Cabezas and Gottfried Schweiger

avoid ideological biases that could jeopardize girls’ freedoms. Therefore, using the theory surrounding the notion of bodily integrity could shed light on where to establish a sufficient threshold since this concept encompasses agency, self