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Deevia Bhana and Emmanuel Mayeza

In this article we focus on sixty South African primary schoolgirls’ experiences of male violence and bullying. Rejecting outmoded constructions of schoolgirls as passive, we examine how girls draw on different forms of femininity to manage and address violence at school. These femininities are non-normative in their advancing of violence to stop violence but are also imbued with culturally relevant meanings about care, forgiveness, and humanity based on the African principle of ubuntu. Moving away from the discursive production of girls’ victimhood, we show how girls construct their own agency as they actively participate in multiple forms of femininity advocating both violence and forgiveness. Given the absence of teacher and parental support for girls’ safety, we conclude with a call to address interventions contextually, from schoolgirls’ own perspectives.

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Religion, Space, and Place

The Spatial Turn in Research on Religion

Kim Knott

Following a consideration of the impact of the late twentieth-century spatial turn on the study of religion by geographers, anthropologists, sociologists, historians, and religious studies scholars, two trends are distinguished: the poetics of place and the sacred; and politics, religion, and the contestation of space. Discussion of these reveals substantially different approaches to religion, space, and place—one phenomenological, the other social constructivist. The spatial turn has been extremely fruitful for research on religion, bringing together scholars from a variety of disciplines, and connecting not only to traditional areas such as sacred space and pilgrimage, but to new ones such as embodiment, gender, practice and religious-secular engagements.

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Of wolves and men

Postwar reconciliation and the gender of inter-national encounters

Stef Jansen

This article confronts the grammar of liberal reconciliation discourses with the gendered practices of post-war encounters. After violence that is considered national, meetings between people of different nationalities, and the reconciliation of which they are seen to be a vanguard, tend to be considered as morally good in and of themselves. This article subjects such liberal reconciliation discourse to a double ethnographic intervention: first, by privileging the practice of non-elite inter-national encounters over abstract notions of reconciliation, and, second, by tracing the particular gendered subject positions of sameness that shaped and were shaped by such encounters. The article explores how, after the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina, men who met across former frontlines evoked “normal life” through mutual recognition of performative competence of motifs of hegemonizing masculinities.

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Smart Girl Identity

Possibilities and Implications

Bernice Loh

ways that ensured their popularity among boys, the authors argue that “narrow, dominant gender practices [still] endure” (92). Moreover, girls’ experiences of sexism included interactions with teachers. Candace, Magda, and Hayden explained that girls ar

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Mimi Sheller and Gijs Mom

China in ways that are also producing new kinds of gender identities and gendered practices. She understands cycling as an assemblage involving various models of bicycle, government policies, cyclists, bike manufacturers, bike shops, and images and

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Masculinity and Autonomous Vehicles

A Degendered or Resegregated Future System of Automobility?

Dag Balkmar and Ulf Mellström

, risk taking, and emotions are discussed as being lost with cars programmed to follow traffic regulations, 9 such typically gendered practices are rarely explicitly related to men and masculinities. One exception is Anna-Lena Berscheid’s work on

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Autonomous Driving and the Transformation of Car Cultures

Jutta Weber and Fabian Kröger

gendered practices and subjectivities of mobility will not be subverted by driverless cars themselves. Autonomous driving could be shaped by different social-technical scripts of future users in a way that cannot be anticipated today. For this reason, it is

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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

greater popularity males have among their peers ( Holland and Andre 1994 ; Shakib et al. 2011 ). Joining a sports team or organized sport, therefore, allows for social passage and acceptance relative to dominant gender practices. Schools play a role in

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Ambiguous Attachments and Industrious Nostalgias

Heritage Narratives of Russian Old Believers in Romania

Cristina Clopot

countries women and girls are not allowed to read (for a discussion of gendered practices, see Clopot and Nic Craith forthcoming). The secular language’s situation is equally problematic, especially for younger generations. This second language discussed

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“Something Good Distracts Us from the Bad”

Girls Cultivating Disruption

Crystal Leigh Endsley

girls I work with consistently challenge the objectification of the at-risk girl of color and use poetry to demonstrate that acknowledging their vulnerabilities does not equate to a lack of agency. SPW can be used to engage with socialized gender