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Boys and Storytelling, Guest Editors’ Introduction

Jonathan A. Allan and Cliff Leek

A boy's story is the best that is ever told. —Charles Dickens This special issue of Boyhood Studies takes two terms—boys and storytelling—and positions them alongside one another. In some ways, we take seriously Charles Dickens's oft

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Migration as Survival

Withheld Stories and the Limits of Ethnographic Knowability

Gerhild Perl

; Jackson [2002] 2013a ). By exploring the politics of circulation of a story, in this article I am interested in the intertwined dynamics of survival and storytelling in the context of migration by boat. I will argue that the regime of contemporary

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“Defining Ourselves for Ourselves”

Black Girls Conceptualize Black Girlhood Online

Cierra Kaler-Jones

pedagogical strategies such as learner-centered pedagogy, storytelling, and intentionality in community-building encouraged them to name and navigate the fullness of Black girlhood. As they relate to content, the findings showed that topics about reclaiming

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The “Brick and Mortar” of Mobilization?

Storytelling and Materiality in Anti-Asylum Seeker Center Protests in the Netherlands

Iris Beau Segers

arguing that the current literature does not sufficiently acknowledge the important role of storytelling in mobilization processes ( Tilly 2002 ). As such, this article presents the findings of an interview-based study of anti-AZC mobilization and seeks to

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EDUARDO’S APPLES

Jón Þór Pétursson

This article tells the modern love story of the organic grower Eduardo and the people who savor his apples. One remarkable paradigm shift when it comes to contemporary food culture is that the product’s social, political and cultural entanglements are no longer hidden from view. This new context has created platforms where producers and consumers come together to co-produce. Here, I broaden the concept of co-production to account for the plurality of actors who contribute to engagements with food. My focus is on the online platform where the meaning of Eduardo’s apples is co-produced through the immaterial labor of storytelling. Such food storytelling is the secret ingredient that is needed to forge affective bonds between local producers, individual consumers and global food companies.

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Girlhood as Storytelling and (Anti-)creation in Dodie Smith's I Capture the Castle

Anna Szirák

adolescent Cassandra Mortmain's diary narration as the ultimate creational power of girlhood, in which storytelling and imagination mark her young self as narrator of both herself and of those around her. Cassandra, in her struggles for an authoritative

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FAMILY STORIES UNTOLD

Doing Family through Practices of Silence

Pihla Maria Siim

Family history can be seen to be comprised of both told and untold stories and sentiments related to them, all of which affect family members. Drawing on interviews conducted with immigrants from the former Soviet Union living in Finland and their family members living in the country of origin (in Russian Karelia and Estonia), this article explores the silenced aspects of family storytelling and analyses how the absence of narration can serve as a protector and maintainer of family as a set of relationships, or an enabler of “normal” family life. The focus of the article is on family past, and the continuum from tellable to silenced experiences will be analysed. However, the methodological side of studying unsaid or unsayable things is also touched upon.

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Being a Girl Who Gets into Trouble

Narratives of Girlhood

Elaine Arnull

discussion extended extracts are offered to illuminate how events unfold, the details of the storytelling girls engage in, and how their stories “are spaces of resistance, resistance to the narratives of instituted power” ( Lewis 2011: 506 ). Findings

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Making Sense of the Remote Areas

Films and Stories from a Tundra Village

Petia Mankova

-portrayals, and in the last section, I present the stories before ending with a discussion of the politics of storytelling and affect. Remoteness, Films, and Sentimental Pessimism The village is often defined in the media as otdalenka , a diminutive of

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Jonah Unbound

Howard Cooper

, hence not being an accomplice to the things taking place in front of his very door. —Primo Levi, Afterword to If This Is A Man & The Truce Prologue: Anonymity and Storytelling We don't know who wrote the Book of Jonah. Like all the books of