Ethical Practice and the Study of Girlhood

in Girlhood Studies

The field of girlhood studies is framed by theories that conceptualize girls and young women on the one hand as distinct, yet diverse, groups whose members have been systematically discriminated against but also, on the other, as capable social actors who influence and are influenced by the worlds in which they live. In spite of, or perhaps because of, the differences between these two frameworks, the starting point of girlhood studies should be research and engagement with girls, for girls, and by girls that aim to draw attention to their literal absence and voicelessness in initiatives that affect their lives. Despite this strong social justice orientation and commitment to the advancement of girl-centered research based on appropriate approaches, the relationship between girlhood studies and the field of ethics remains under-articulated and under-researched.

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