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Rethinking Agency and Resistance

What Comes After Girl Power?

Marnina Gonick, Emma Renold, Jessica Ringrose, and Lisa Weems

With the current proliferation of images and narratives of girls and girlhood in popular culture, many ‘truths’ about girls circulate with certainty. Amongst the aims of this Special Issue is to examine critically these ‘confi dent characterizations’ (Trinh 1989), to trace the social conditions which produce these ‘truths’ along with the public fascination with girls and to analyze critically the eff ects of these ‘truths’ in the lives of young girls. Th e concepts of resistance and agency have been critical to the field of youth studies, sociology of education and school ethnographies (Hall and Jeff erson 1976; McRobbie 1978; Willis 1978) for conceptualizing the relationships between young people and their social worlds. Ground breaking scholarship by McRobbie (2000) challenges the gendered assumptions of political agency articulated in previous theories of subcultures developed in the 1970s and 80s. While feminist poststructuralist work in the 1990s has re-conceptualized agency in ways that are markedly diff erent to humanist notions of rational actors with free-will (Butler 2006; Davies 2000), feminist researchers have also shown the importance of a classed, raced and sexed analysis of agency. For example, scholarship by feminists of color have shown how girls of color challenge and defy dominant stereotypes of girlhood in culturally specifi c ways such as participating in spokenword contests, rap and hip hop, and ‘beauty contests’ (Hernandez and Rehman 2002; Gaunt 2006). In the changing social, economic, political and globalizing context of the new millennium, where ‘girl power’ has become a marketing tool and a branding (Klein 2000) of girlhood, it is important to look anew at the relations between girlhood, power, agency and resistance.

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Reading Raewyn

Reflections on a Lifelong Inspiration

Sara Delamont

readers of Connell in 2020 will have started where I did. I began my journey with Connell in 1973, when I was a new lecturer in the School of Education at Leicester University, teaching sociology of education to large classes of postgraduates training to

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Aimee Haley

class and the “cognitive structures” of choice of higher education ’, British Journal of Sociology of Education 23 , no. 1 : 51 – 72 . . 10.1080/01425690120102854 Benner , M. ( 2008 ), Kunskapsnation i

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Theorizing Boys’ Literacies and Boys’ Literatures in Contemporary Times

Garth Stahl and Cynthia Brock

Politics of Adolescent Masculinities in School .” British Journal of Sociology of Education 20 ( 2 ): 239 – 263 . doi:10.1080/01425699995434 . 10.1080/01425699995434 Martino , Wayne . 2001 . “ Boys and Reading: Investigating the Impact of

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Contemporary Girls Studies

Reflections on the Inaugural International Girls Studies Association Conference

Victoria Cann, Sarah Godfrey, and Helen Warner

Working-Class Girls’ Engagement with Education and Post‐16 Aspirations .” British Journal of Sociology of Education 28 ( 2 ): 165 – 180 . 10.1080/01425690701192570 Cann , Victoria . 2016 . “ Classing Girls: (Re)Considering the Role of Class in

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Caitlin Hindle, Vikki Boliver, Ann Maclarnon, Cheryl McEwan, Bob Simpson, and Hannah Brown

’, British Journal of Sociology of Education 22 , no. 4 : 555 – 575 . . Bills , D. B. ( 2003 ), ‘ Credentials, signals, and screens: Explaining the relationship between schooling and job assignment ’, Review of

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Overcoming the Quantity-Quality Divide in Economic Anthropology

Sandy Ross, Mario Schmidt, and Ville Koskinen

University Press . 10.1017/CBO9780511609268 Lazzer , Gian P. 2014 . “ Immigrants’ Monetary Bank Practices: A Socialization Trajectory .” Italian Journal of Sociology of Education 6 ( 3 ): 153 – 183 . Leach , Edmund . 1961 . Rethinking Anthropology

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“Avoiding the mistakes of the past”

Tower block failure discourse and economies of risk management in London's Olympic Park

Saffron Woodcraft

of education , ed. John G. Richardson , 241 – 258 . New York : Greenwood Press . Boys Smith , Nicholas . 2013 . “ Why aren't we building more streets in London? ” Create Streets Research Paper 1. Buchli , Victor . 2013 . An anthropology of

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The irony of an ‘international faculty’

Reflections on the diversity and inclusion discourse in predominantly White institutions in the United States

Chenyu Wang

York : Routledge ). Bhopal , K. and T. K. Chapman ( 2019 ), ‘ International minority ethnic academics at predominantly white institutions ’, British Journal of Sociology of Education 40 , no. 1 : 98 – 113 .

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Non “Religious” Knowing in Pilgrimages to Sacred Sites

Greek Cypriots’ “return” Pilgrimages to the Monastery of Apostolos Andreas (Cyprus)

Evgenia Mesaritou

Sociology of Education 28 ( 6 ): 709 – 722 . 10.1080/01425690701609946 Cipriani , Roberto . 2006 . “ Jubilee 2000: A Computer-Assisted Analysis of the Religion of Jubilant People .” In On the Road to Being