Girlhood Studies

An Interdisciplinary Journal

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Editor-in-Chief: Claudia Mitchell, McGill University

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GHS publishes both themed and special issues, as well as unthemed issues. Articles for the open call can be submitted at any time.

Indigenous Girls
Disability and Girlhood: Transnational Perspectives
Ethical Practice and the Study of Girlhood

Girlhood Studies is moving to 3 issues in 2015!

Girlhood Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal is a peer-reviewed journal providing a forum for the critical discussion of girlhood from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, and for the dissemination of current research and reflections on girls' lives to a broad, cross-disciplinary audience of scholars, researchers, practitioners in the fields of education, social service and health care and policy makers. International and interdisciplinary in scope, it is committed to feminist, anti-discrimination, anti-oppression approaches and solicits manuscripts from a variety of disciplines.

The mission of the journal is to bring together contributions from and initiate dialogue among perspectives ranging from medical and legal practice, ethnographic inquiry, philosophical reflection, historical investigations, literary, cultural and media research to curriculum design and policy-making. Topics addressed within the journal include girls and schooling, girls and feminism, girls and sexuality, girlhood in the context of Boyhood Studies, girls and new media and popular culture, representation of girls in different media, histories of girlhood, girls and development.

Subjects: Gender Studies, Education, Anthropology, Sociology, Psychology, Media Studies

Current Issue

Volume 8(2), Summer 2015

Editorial: A Miscellany from Textual Readings to Comedy
Claudia Mitchell


Little Girls on the Prairie and the Possibility of Subversive Reading
Amy Singer

Sexuality, Interruption, and Nancy Drew
Michael G. Cornelius

“A Room of Her Very Own”: Privacy and Leisure in the Victorian Girl’s Bedroom
Sonya Sawyer Fritz

Trumping All? Disability and Girlhood Studies
Deborah Stienstra

Modernization, Patriarchy, and the Life of Girls in the North Caucasian Region
Irina Kosterina

Pride and Sexiness: Girls of Color Discuss Race, Body Image, and Sexualization
Sharon Lamb and Aleksandra Plocha

“I Don’t Want to Claim America”: African Refugee Girls and Discourses of Othering
Laura Boutwell

Are Teenage Girls Funny? Laughter, Humor and Young Women’s Performance of Gender and Sexual Agency
Fiona Cullen

Girltopia: Girl Scouts and the Leadership Development of Girls
Angela High-Pippert


Listening to Latina Girls' Perspectives
Kasey Butcher

Spaces of Possibility: Mapping the Molecular in the Lives of Girls
Shauna Pomerantz



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   Jacqueline Kirk, 1968-2008

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