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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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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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Theorizing Boys’ Literacies and Boys’ Literatures in Contemporary Times

Garth Stahl and Cynthia Brock

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

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Books Are Boring! Books Are Fun!

Boys’ Polarized Perspectives on Reading

Laura Scholes

-Building and Transfer .” British Journal of Sociology of Education 30 ( 1 ): 43 – 57 . McKenna , Michael . 1994 . “ Towards a Model of Reading Attitude Acquisition .” In Fostering the Life-Long Love of Reading: The Affective Domain in Reading Education

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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

Young Schoolboys Become Somebody: The Role of the Body in the Construction of Masculinity ”. British Journal of Sociology of Education 24 : 299 – 314 . White , Adam , and Michael Hobson . 2015 . “ Teachers’ Stories: PE Teachers’ Constructions

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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 . Cann , Victoria . 2016 . “ Classing Girls: (Re)Considering the Role of Class in British Girls’ Lives .” Paper

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The Inheritance of Activism

Does Social Capital Shape Women's Lives?

Supriya Baily, Gloria Wang, and Elisabeth Scotto-Lavino

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 , and Victoria Clarke . 2006 . “ Using Thematic Analysis in

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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

Rubington and Martin S. Weinberg , 7th ed., 207 – 320 . Oxford : Oxford University Press . Bourdieu , Pierre . 1986 . “ The Forms of Capital .” In Handbook of Theory and Research for the Sociology of Education , ed. John Richardson . New

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Negotiating Identities

Being “Boy,” Being “Filipino,” Being “Other”

Victoria Cann

's Good, the Fame's Good, the Girls are Good’: The Role of Playground Football in the Construction of Young Boys’ Masculinity in a Junior School .” British Journal of Sociology of Education 21 ( 1 ): 61 – 74 . Ticar , Jessica Ellen . 2017