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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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Training Bodies, Training Minds?

Interrogating the Configured and Configuring of Masculinities in PE

Michael Kehler

educators particular within the field of health and physical education, masculinities studies, and the sociology of education would be well served by reading this book. And though admittedly the background consumes the reader for almost half of the book, it

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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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Books Are Boring! Books Are Fun!

Boys’ Polarized Perspectives on Reading

Laura Scholes

Learning: Exploring the Role of Curriculum Structures in Knowledge-Building and Transfer .” British Journal of Sociology of Education 30 ( 1 ): 43 – 57 . 10.1080/01425690802514342 McKenna , Michael . 1994 . “ Towards a Model of Reading Attitude

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Gamed by the System

Exploring Black Male Youths’ Motivation to Participate in Sports

Deborwah Faulk, Robert A. Bennett III, and James L. Moore III

Masculinity ”. British Journal of Sociology of Education 24 : 299 – 314 . 10.1080/01425690301890 White , Adam , and Michael Hobson . 2015 . “ Teachers’ Stories: PE Teachers’ Constructions and Experiences of Masculinity within Secondary School PE

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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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“I Love You, Guys”

A Study of Inclusive Masculinities among High School Cross-Country Runners

Luis Morales and Edward Caffyn-Parsons

-Friendly Students .” Sociology of Education 85 ( 2 ): 121 – 130 . 10.1177/0038040711427315 Rist , Ray C . 1980 . “ Blitzkrieg Ethnography: On the Transformation of a Method into a Movement .” Educational Researcher 9 ( 2 ): 8 – 10 . 10.3102/0013189X

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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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The Inheritance of Activism

Does Social Capital Shape Women's Lives?

Supriya Baily, Gloria Wang, and Elisabeth Scotto-Lavino

:// 10.3167/ghs.2016.090308 Bourdieu , Pierre . 1986 . “ The Forms of Capital .” In Handbook of Theory and Research for the Sociology of Education , ed. John G. Richardson , 241 – 258 . Westport, CT : Greenwood Press . Braun , Virginia

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“Why Do We Ask Them About Their Gender, If We Then Go on to Do Nothing with It?”

Constructions of Masculinity in Youth Justice in England and Wales

Eric Baumgartner

Sociology of Education , ed. John Richardson . New York : Greenwood , 186 – 211 . Bourdieu , Pierre . 2001 . Masculine Domination . Cambridge : Polity Press . Bourdieu , Pierre . 2005 . Outline of a Theory of Practice . Cambridge