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Hanna Retallack

experiences of girls and young women, its failure to interrogate the intersections of identity that differentiate the constructions of and possibilities for girls’ sexuality, as well as the author’s investment in popularized discourses around sexualization

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Interrogating the Meanings of Dolls

New Directions in Doll Studies

Miriam Forman-Brunell

The articles in this issue demonstrate that dolls are ubiquitous cultural forms central to girlhood and young womanhood. Yet understanding the historical and contemporary significance of dolls is a relatively recent development. Th e age-old trivialization of girls and devaluation of youth cultures led to the customary disregard of dolls as legitimate sources of documentary evidence even among scholars. It was not until the late nineteenth century that changing notions of childhood first gave rise to research on children, and a new appreciation of the meanings of play. In 1896, G. Stanley Hall, the founder of the child-study movement, a professor of psychology, and president of Clark University, co-authored with A.C. Ellis the pioneering, “A Study of Dolls,” in which he argued that doll play taught girls key lessons in femininity and maternity. Although Hall argued that “the educational value of toys was enormous” (160), dolls once again lapsed into scholarly obscurity. It was during the late 1930s that Mamie Phipps Clark, then a Master’s student in psychology, used dolls to study the self-esteem of African American children. Th e subsequent doll studies she conducted with her husband, Kenneth Clark, played a role in the 1954 landmark desegregation decision, yet failed to perpetuate doll research. It was on the (high) heels of Barbie who debuted a few years after Brown v. Board of Education, that dolls became the focus of a lively (and still on-going) discourse among parents and pundits but not among academics about their social meanings in the lives of girls.

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Joan Njagi

limits and potential. In this article, based on my Masters dissertation research, I use the case of a children’s helpline in Kenya to interrogate the extent to which the helpline as a form of communication technology is being used to address girls’ SRH

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Canon Fire

Decolonizing the Curriculum

Andrew Sanchez

of a discipline that had stared its colonial origins in the eye, and productively interrogated questions of race and power. However, as I began doctoral studies in social anthropology, and then pursued an academic career, it became clear that the

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Owen White and Elizabeth Heath

opportunity to interrogate anew ideas about chronology, imperial forms, and structures of power that have become commonplace in the field. In what follows, we briefly point to some of the avenues of inquiry opened by this conception of economic life, while

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From Selfies to Sexting

Tween Girls, Intimacy, and Subjectivities

Antonio García-Gómez

lack of agency needs to be interrogated. More specifically, I build on Emma Renold and Jessica Ringrose’s claim about “the presumed/wished for linear developmental transition between girl to woman in relation to post-feminist discourses and moral

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Emily Anderson

relations as well as conceptions of development, underdevelopment and overdevelopment” (360). I extend their findings to interrogate how girls and education policy discourses about girls are framed by UNICEF through Instagram, and I confront the ethical

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Active learning in criminal justice

The benefits of student investigation of wrongful convictions in a higher education setting

Jill Dealey

is completed as The Winchester Justice Project, to mark it as a distinct endeavour from other research activities carried out by staff. Students actively interrogate the evidence presented in the original criminal trial (such as witness statements

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Theorizing Boys’ Literacies and Boys’ Literatures in Contemporary Times

Garth Stahl and Cynthia Brock

, Mairtin . 1994 . The Making of Men: Masculinities, Sexualities and Schooling . Philadelphia : Open University Press . Martino , Wayne . 1999 . “ ‘Cool Boys,’ ‘Party Animals,’ ‘Squids’ and ‘Poofters’: Interrogating the Dynamics and Politics of

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Barak Kalir

not be deported. This was mainly owing to the fact that they lacked the necessary travel documents. This article interrogates the Dutch central state’s treatment of OOPSs as nonexistent human beings. By officially ignoring their existence, the state