Emma Renold

Emma Renold
Cardiff University | CU · School of Social Sciences

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This chapter tells the story of a research-engagement project called Making, Mapping and Mobilising in Merthyr (otherwise known as the 4Ms project). The project explored young people's sense of place and well-being while growing up in Merthyr Tydfil (hereafter referred to as Merthyr), a small post-industrial ex-mining and steel-making town in the S...
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There is an urgent need to rethink relationships between systems of government and those who are ‘governed’. This book explores ways of rethinking those relationships by bringing communities normally excluded from decision-making to centre stage to experiment with new methods of regulating for engagement. Using original, co-produced research, the b...
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This Special Issue offers PhEmaterialisms as a way to explore the world asvital and complex, while simultaneously being response-able to the multiple ethical imperatives of late-stage capitalism. We argue that PhEmaterialist thinking and practices can help us grapple with growing educational complexities, enabling strategies toresist and create alt...
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Inspired by speculative, post-qualitative research practices, this paper is framed within new feminist materialist ontologies of immanence to explore anticipation as the potentialities of the virtual, a prehension (Manning 2013) that can be glimpsed in bodies, movements and artful processes of creation. These ‘prehensive’ potentialities are explore...
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This article reports on a study of how young people in a post-industrial UK town reflect on their sense of health, place and identity. Drawing on 56 qualitative interviews with 14–15 year olds, we explore how young people negotiate public space and how public lighting and darkness affect interactions with their surroundings. The young people provid...
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This paper explores the views of young people aged 12–14 on gender diversity, drawing upon school-based qualitative data from a study conducted in England in 2015–2016. Although earlier feminist and queer research in schools often found evidence of variable local gender cultures and gender non-conformity, we argue that the contemporary context, wit...
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This chapter explores how a feminist posthuman and new materialism research framework can help us to rethink and rework sexual regulation and harassment in secondary schools. We consider two case studies from our joint research project ‘Feminism in Schools: Mapping Impact in Practice’. Drawing on theoretical and methodological insights from Deleuze...
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Inspired by feminist new materialist and posthuman activist philosophy, this paper speculates on what happens when data entangles with arts-based methodologies in a school-based participatory activist project with six teen girls (age 15) on gender-based and sexual violence. Mapping the journey of how data become da(r)ta and how da(r)ta become d/art...
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Introduction to Special Issue of Journal of Gender Studies entitled Rape culture, lad culture and everyday sexism: Researching, conceptualizing and politicizing new mediations of gender and sexual violence.
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Inspired by posthuman feminist theory, this paper explores young people’s entanglement with the bio-technological landscape of image creation and exchange in young networked peer cultures. We suggest that we are seeing new formations of sexual objectification when the more-than-human is foregrounded and the blurry ontological divide between human (...
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The short film ‘Still Running’, which is the focus of this chapter, came about as part of a project entitled ‘Young People and Place’ in which we explored young people’s experiences of growing up in a post-industrial locale. Cwm Dyffryn is a fictional name for a former coal-mining valley town in south Wales with a proud tradition of masculine worki...
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I think one of the main turning points for me and my interests in this (feminist) group was when we got loads of the year nine girls (age 13–14) in and we were talking about the normalized cat-calling and the skirt being lifted up and you kind of think ‘that happened to me too’. And they’re these thirteen year old little girls and it’s really sad a...
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I think one of the main turning points for me and my interests in this (feminist) group was when we got loads of the year nine girls (age 13-14) in and we were talking about the normalized cat-calling and the skirt being lifted up and you kind of think ‘that happened to me too’. And they’re these thirteen year old little girls and it’s really sad a...
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The short film ‘Still Running’, which is the focus of this chapter, came about as part of a project entitled ‘Young People and Place’ in which we explored young people’s experiences of growing up in a post-industrial locale. Cwm Dyffryn is a fictional name for a former coal-mining valley town in south Wales with a proud tradition of masculine worki...
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This volume presents a ground-breaking collection of interdisciplinary chapters from international scholars which complicate, and offers new ways to make sense of, children’s sexual cultures across complex political, social and cultural terrains.
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Drawing on ethnographic multi-modal data of the gendered and sexual dynamics of pre-school play (age 6) in a rapidly declining fishing and farming community in North Finland, this paper offers a glimpse into our sense-making of a short video-recorded episode in which three boys repeatedly pile up on and demand a kiss from one of their girl classmat...
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This volume presents a ground-breaking collection of interdisciplinary chapters from international scholars which complicate, and offers new ways to make sense of, children's sexual cultures across complex political, social and cultural terrains.
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In her chapter on ‘geographies of desire’, Deborah Tolman (2002: 172) argues how the significance of where girls live and the histories of sexualities in place is a key mediating feature of how girls come to embody and experience their sexed bodies and sexuality. This was certainly true of our longitudinal ethnographic research with young people (a...
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The aim of this article is to demystify what we think we are doing when we engage in qualitative analysis. We illustrate the centrality of affect in meaning making, showing how interpretation is always already entangled in complex affective ethical and political relationalities that circulate in, through, and outside empirical research. We explore...
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The paper works with queer and feminist post-human materialist scholarship to understand the way young teen valleys' girls experienced ubiquitous feelings of fear, risk, vulnerability and violence. Longitudinal ethnographic research of girls (aged 12–15) living in an ex-mining semi-rural community suggests how girls are negotiating complex gendered...
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Critical Studies in Gender and Sexuality in Education showcases scholarly work over a wide range of educational topics, contexts and locations within gender and sexuality in education. The series welcomes theoretically informed scholarship including critical, feminist, queer, trans, postcolonial, and intersectional perspectives, and encourages crea...
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This article explores how subjectivities are affectively tied to the histories of space, place and time through ethnographic research on young people’s everyday lives in a semi-rural post-industrial locale. Drawing on a longitudinal case study of one teenage girl’s inventive practices, we capture moments in time that we arrange as ‘enunciating asse...
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This special issue aims to animate discussions that might help us to make sense of complex social-cultural-material-temporal-historical intensities, forces and struggles of the sexual-girl-child and her body as she traverses diverse social, cultural and political fields: as body, image and affect. Our call for articles asked for engagements that co...
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This paper draws on materialist feminist theories to rethink relationships between girls' bodies and agency. New feminist onto-epistemologies redefine agency as ‘becomings’ that dynamically emerge through assemblages comprising moving bodies, material, mechanical, organic, virtual, affective and less-than-conscious elements. Vignettes from a multi-...
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This article draws on school-based ethnographic research in two elementary schools (in South Wales, UK and north Finland) to explore the ‘ordinary affects’ (Stewart, 2007) of gendered/sexual power in young children's (aged 5–6) negotiation of their own and others’ bodies in playground and classroom spaces. We apply queer and feminist appropriations...
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This chapter critically responds to Judith Halberstam’s concern that studies of masculinities are confined to boys and boyhood and Angela McRobbie’s despair that the “phallic girl” with her licensed mimicry of masculinism disavows any resistance to regulatory gender/sexual regimes. Inspired by Judith Butler’s notion of performativity and her desire...
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This viewpoint begins by exploring whether the global phenomenon of the 2011 ‘SlutWalks’ constitutes a feminist politics of re-signification. We then look at some qualitative, focus group data with teen girls who participated in a UK SlutWalk. We suggest girls are not only negotiating a schizoid double pull towards performing knowing sexy ‘slut’ in...
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This paper challenges post-feminist discourses and recuperative masculinity politics in education that have evoked mythical constructions of the successful ‘achieving’ girl in ways that flatten out social and cultural difference and render invisible ongoing gendered and sexualised inequalities and violence in the social worlds of schools and beyond...
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This article reproduces and discusses a series of blog posts posted by academics in anticipation of the report on commercialisation, sexualisation and childhood, ‘Letting Children Be Children’ by Reg Bailey for the UK Department of Education in June 2011. The article discusses the difficulty of ‘translating’ scholarly work for the public in a conte...
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This chapter focuses on the use of mobile research methods in an ethnographic and participatory research project that explored the everyday lives of a group of young people in public care. It is informed by a broader emergent field within the social sciences — mobilities research, which focuses attention on journeys themselves as important in place...
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Drawing on three case studies from two UK ethnographic research projects in urban and rural working-class communities, this article explores young teen girls' negotiation of increasingly sex-saturated societies and cultures. Our analysis complicates contemporary debates around the 'sexualization' moral panic by troubling developmental and classed a...
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Drawing on three case studies from two UK ethnographic research projects in urban and rural working-class communities, this article explores young teen girls’ negotiation of increasingly sex-saturated societies and cultures. Our analysis complicates contemporary debates around the ‘sexualization’ moral panic by troubling developmental and classed a...
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IntroductionThe Role of ‘Gender’ in Research on School BullyingBullying as Normative Gendered ‘Performance’?Boys and Normative ViolenceBoys and the Performative Cycle of Normative ‘Hard’, Violent MasculinityNormative Femininity: Girls as ‘Covert Bullies’The Performative Cycle of Normative ‘Indirectly Aggressive’ FemininityConclusion Points for Prac...
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Few methodological papers exist which examine the use of vignettes within qualitative research and more specifically, with children and young people. The paper will briefly discuss the application of vignettes within quantitative and qualitative research traditions derived from the available literature before outlining the major theoretical and met...
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This article critically explores data generated within a participatory research project with young people in the care of a local authority, the (Extra)ordinary Lives project. The project involved ethnographic multi-media data generation methods used in groups and individually with eight participants (aged 10—20) over a school year and encouraged cr...
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Since the 1990s the educational community has witnessed a proliferation of ‘bullying’ discourses, primarily within the field of educational developmental social psychology. Drawing on ethnographic and qualitative interview data of primary and secondary school girls and boys, this article argues that the discourse ‘bullying’ operates to simplify and...
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In this article we explore the ways in which mobile research methods can be utilised to create enabling research environments, encounters and exchanges, generating time and space for participants and researchers to co-generate and communicate meaningful understandings of everyday lives. The article focuses on the use of two mobile methods, ‘guided’...
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This article critically explores the seduction of contemporary tomboyism for young tweenage girls within neo-liberal postfeminist times and an increasingly commodified (hetero)sexualised girlhood culture. A central aim of the article is to contextualize the persistence of the tomboy discourse and girls' appropriation of tomboyism within competing s...
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Recent feminist theorizing has pointed to a `resurgent patriarchy' within neo-liberal postfeminist times, which re-orders and restabilizes the heterosexual matrix through a politics of `postfeminist masquerade' demanded of girls and women (McRobbie). This paper seeks to complicate this thesis, exploring the regulation and rupture of Butler's `heter...
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This article problematizes the slippery notion of `informed consent' and its negotiation in participatory longitudinal ethnographic research with children and young people. It does so within the context of new ethical bureaucracies (Boden et al., in press; Hammersley, 2006). Drawing upon an Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) funded methodo...
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Research has yet to fully explore younger boys’ heterosexual cultures beyond an awareness that heterosexual performances are integral to the production of a “real boy.” Drawing upon an ethnographic study of boys’ (and girls’) gender and sexual relations in two contrasting primary schools, this article argues that while most ten- and eleven-year-old...
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Girls, Boys and Junior Sexualities takes an insightful and in-depth look at the hidden worlds of young children's sexualities. Based upon extensive group interviews and observation, the author illustrates how sexuality is embedded in children's school-based cultures and gender identities. From examining children's own views and experiences, the boo...
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This paper refocuses attention on and problematizes girls’ experiences of school achievement and the construction of schoolgirl femininities. In particular, it centres on the relatively neglected experiences and identity work of high achieving primary school girls. Drawing upon ethnographic data (observations, interviews, and pupil diaries) from a...
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Judith Butler’s conceptualisation of how gender is routinely spoken through a hegemonic heterosexual matrix has been pivotal for many social scientists researching within and beyond educational settings for exposing the ways in which children’s normative gender identities (‘intelligible genders’) are inextricably tied to dominant notions of heteros...
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This paper considers some of the methodological implications of undertaking and representing multimedia and digital, ethnographic work. It explores some of the challenges and opportunities of working with and across a range of media, and explores some of the consequences of bringing hypermedia applications to ethnographic work. The paper draws on a...
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Much concern has been expressed about the scandal of physical and sexual abuse by care workers of children living in residential homes, but this is the first detailed study of the major problem of violence between children. Based on extensive interviews with young people as well as staff, and using a sociological approach, Peer Violence in Children...
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Focusing on the experiences of boys who choose not to cultivate their masculinities through hegemonic discourses and practices, this paper seeks to empirically explore and theorize the extent to which it is possible to live out the category ‘boy’ in non‐hegemonic ways in the primary school setting. Drawing upon a year‐long ethnography of children's...
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Building on from the previous chapter we now turn our attention to look in more depth at the range of methods used by staff to respond to peer violence. Initially we concentrate on exploring the range of interventions found within homes including; sanctions, physical restraint, meetings and formal child protection procedures. Following this we look...
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This chapter describes in more detail the framework used to map and categorise young people’s and staff’s accounts of peer violence. As explained earlier, no pre-definition of violence was given, but broadly worded questions and vignettes were used to explore definitions and explanations for different forms of threat or attack. Kelly’s (1987) conce...
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Chapter 1 outlined the design and use of vignettes to explore young people’s and staff’s understanding of violence. In qualitative research vignettes have been increasingly employed to explore cultural norms derived from participants’ attitudes to, and beliefs about, a specific situation. They also highlight ethical frameworks and moral codes. The...
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The evidence that young people are often the targets of physical, sexual and psychological attack from age peers, in most settings where the young congregate, has focused research attention on the nature and meaning of the violence. There is evidence that violence between young people is universal, at least in modern western society: for example, a...
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We now turn to consider young people’s and staff’s experiences and evaluations of responses to violence. Accounts of the level of intervention associated with each of the main forms of violence will be explored, including consistency within teams, problems of identification and mechanisms for information-sharing. Building on this, the different for...
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Meeting the needs of children and young people in residential children’s homes is widely acknowledged to be both a complex and demanding process (Department of Health 1998a). This challenging role can be further exacerbated by both institutional and organisational factors that are often out of the direct control of individual homes. In this chapter...
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The need to listen to children and young people’s voices has been recognised in a number of recent major policy developments and consultations by central and local government, affecting education, care services, youth justice, leisure and environmental services (Children and Young People’s Unit 2001). Specific departments and programmes have been s...
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Chapter 2 went some way to map and categorise the frequency and impact of different forms of peer violence, as well as their interrelationship. Conceptualising violence in this way is helpful in enabling an analysis which can capture the diversity of young people’s own accounts and experiences, particularly given the multifaceted and complex status...
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In this chapter we examine staff perspectives on violence. We decided to present staff accounts separately from young people’s for a range of reasons. Foremost was the importance of ensuring that both young people’s and staff’s explanations should be viewed within their particular child and professional understandings and explanations. Consequently...
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This paper explores the primary school as a key social and cultural site for the production of heterosexualities and utilises Judith Butler's concept of the 'heterosexual matrix' to explore the regulation of hetero/sexuality and in particular the inter-connectedness of heterosexuality, homosexuality and hegemonic masculinity. Drawing on ethnographi...
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When sexual harassment and schooling have been the focus of research, the site of investigation has been the secondary school and subsequently the experiences of adolescents. Locating the primary school as a key arena for the production and regulation of sexual discourses, practices and identities, this article examines the neglected area of preado...
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Recent achievement debates in both the media and academic press have focused predominately on the apparent underachievement of boys. The relative 'high achievement' of girls has often been perceived as unproblematic and thus neglected, or achieved at the expense of boys. This article redresses the balance by redirecting the research focus to the pr...
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The ways in which young boys, masculinity and academic achievement intersect to impact upon boys' disposition to and experience of schooling is relatively under-researched. Drawing on data from an ethnographic exploration into children's gender and sexual identities in their final year of primary school (aged 10/11), this paper sets out to illustra...
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Foregrounding the primary school as a key cultural arena for the production and reproduction of sexuality and sexual identities, this article goes some way to addressing what are absent from many sociological portrayals of young children and schooling. Drawing on data derived from an ethnographic exploration into children's gender and sexual identi...
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This article is concerned with an examination of the gendered playground relations experienced by boys and girls with a focus on the domination of sporting activities/games that dictate the nature of play amongst children aged ten and eleven. It seeks to explore the place of sport and in particular, the game of football in the social construction a...

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