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Changing girlhoods - changing Girl Guiding

Changing girlhoods - changing Girl Guiding
Changing girlhoods - changing Girl Guiding
This article discusses the changing nature of girlhood over the last century as it is depicted through an empirical study of all editions of Girl Guide handbooks since 1910. We describe three main interrelated strands of change, which have co-occurred to both ‘girls’ and ‘girlhood' The first is that girls are seen to be increasingly incompetent and more vulnerable than they used to be. The second is that ‘girls’ are increasingly seen to be increasingly ‘girls’ in and of themselves. We conclude with the final strand, which is conversely one of continuity: girls and girlhood are seen to be timeless. This is not to say that we take 'girlhood' and 'childhood' to be homogenous categories. We illustrate the importance of incorporating children and childhood into more general theories of social change, in order to better understand how they are intrinsic to the mechanisms of intergenerational change.
Children and childhood, girl guides, girlhood, girls, handbooks, social change
0038-0261
Halls, Amy
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Uprichard, Emma
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Halls, Amy
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Uprichard, Emma
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Halls, Amy, Uprichard, Emma and Jackson, Clare (2017) Changing girlhoods - changing Girl Guiding. The Sociological Review. (doi:10.1177/0038026117710420).

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This article discusses the changing nature of girlhood over the last century as it is depicted through an empirical study of all editions of Girl Guide handbooks since 1910. We describe three main interrelated strands of change, which have co-occurred to both ‘girls’ and ‘girlhood' The first is that girls are seen to be increasingly incompetent and more vulnerable than they used to be. The second is that ‘girls’ are increasingly seen to be increasingly ‘girls’ in and of themselves. We conclude with the final strand, which is conversely one of continuity: girls and girlhood are seen to be timeless. This is not to say that we take 'girlhood' and 'childhood' to be homogenous categories. We illustrate the importance of incorporating children and childhood into more general theories of social change, in order to better understand how they are intrinsic to the mechanisms of intergenerational change.

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Accepted/In Press date: 11 April 2017
e-pub ahead of print date: 18 May 2017
Keywords: Children and childhood, girl guides, girlhood, girls, handbooks, social change

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Local EPrints ID: 412596
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/412596
ISSN: 0038-0261
PURE UUID: c11a7778-5024-417c-99e4-f5c4074c33b4

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Date deposited: 24 Jul 2017 16:32
Last modified: 26 Feb 2022 05:06

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Author: Amy Halls
Author: Emma Uprichard
Author: Clare Jackson

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