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Katie Macentee

In the call for articles for this special issue on girls’ health, we highlighted that “[g]irls’ health is an ongoing and evolving issue with ties that go beyond medical analyses to include a wide array of social, educational, political, and environmental discourses (among others!).” Th at a number of different perspectives might contribute to or strengthen the interdisciplinary focus of an issue as crucial as girls’ health was important to me as guest editor. Th is issue demonstrates that the relationship of girlhood to health—sexual health, in particular—is of critical concern to us all. It is an area full of challenges and barriers, most of them, as is evident in this issue, understood and often expressed by girls themselves. The articles presented here point to the many perspectives from which to approach this topic. Girls’ sexual health is linked to an array of intersecting issues including the pedagogical influences of popular romance literature; the ways in which girls use blogs to construct counter narratives about their sexual identity; how girls’ increased inclusion in citizenship discourses can increase their capacity to address sexual objectification; what girls do to negotiate power within their heterosexual relationships; how barriers to water access in Africa can lead to the awareness of the risks—which range from being perceived to be promiscuous to being raped—that young women face; as well as how the (mis)management of menstruation can affect girls’ education. This issue points to the global and local specifics of sexual health, and to health more generally. Th e concerns discussed here are geographically wide-ranging: Cameroon, Lesotho, Australia, the United States, and Canada provide the settings—some urban and others rural. Th e authors present a wide range of methodologies from which they explore girls’ health: literary analysis; autoethnography; and participatory methods such as digital storytelling, mediamaking, listening to what young people have to say in various research paradigms, blogging, and photovoice.

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Penny Welch and Susan Wright

students’ chances of employment. The second article is a collaborative autoethnography by Saran Stewart, Chayla Haynes and Kristin Deal about the doctoral programme in higher education they studied at the University of Denver. The programme had been

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Tiina Ann Kirss

autoethnography, fraught with reference to letters misdelivered or returned, correspondences interrupted by the sheer pace of change, which is difficult, if not impossible to articulate, share a narrative edge with Francisco Martínez’ recounting of his multiple

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Ward Keeler

of my fellow naked yogis, spiritually unaccomplished, still too invested in attachments to be able to attain true autonomy, which is to say, detachment. Autoethnography and Me I have tried to demonstrate in this article that my idiosyncratic

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Way to Go

The Significance of Place for Girls and Girlhood Studies

Eva Hoffmann

present and future” (138). Claudia Mitchell uses autoethnography to “chart” (87) the state and future of girlhood studies as a field of study. Revisiting some of the early texts, films, and questions shaping the field, she points out that we now “have a

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Enacting inclusivity in the preparation of emerging scholars

A response to programme reform in higher education

Saran Stewart, Chayla Haynes, and Kristin Deal

practice of freedom’ ( Danowitz and Tuitt 2011: 49 )? We use collaborative autoethnography to share our experiences and revisit the article that inspired this study to engage in a dialogue with Professor Tuitt about our pursuit of education as the practice

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Religion through the Looking Glass

Fieldwork, Biography, and Authorship in Southwest China and Beyond

Katherine Swancutt

explore too how this fascination yields additional heuristic leverage for acquiring the fullest understanding of the study of religion. My discussion pivots around how fieldwork-based studies may be paired with a brand of ‘auto-ethnography’ in which the

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Teachings of Tara

Sacred Place and Human Wellbeing in the Shimla Hills

Jonathan Miles-Watson

reassessment of fundamental assumptions about the role that unskilled actors play in the constitution of sites that promote spiritual wellbeing. Our exploration of Tara Devi will use auto-ethnography as a key source, alongside archival, geographic and the more

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Andrew Dawson and Simone Dennis

that engage directly with informants ‘in the field’. However, and inevitably because of the conditions of lockdown faced by many of the contributors, a good many of the articles are auto-ethnographies, ‘netnographic’ studies ( Kozinets 1998 ), or

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Haptic Mediations

Intergenerational Kinship in the Time of COVID-19

Bob Simpson

domain of mutuality, obligation and affect that we think of as kinship. In this article, I want to reflect on some of these implications for the practice and expression of intergenerational kinship relations. I do this by way of a brief exercise in auto-ethnography