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ERIC Number: EJ765149
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jul
Pages: 24
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-0951-8398
Listening to Girls: Discursive Positioning and the Construction of Self
Currie, Dawn H.; Kelly, Deirdre M.; Pomerantz, Shauna
International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education (QSE), v20 n4 p377-400 Jul 2007
Recent decades have seen a proliferation of books that "listen in" on the everyday lives of girls. In their research the authors maintain that "listening" to girls in order to make claims about what they "heard" is a theoretically mediated process, and therefore it is not as straightforward as many authors imply. The purpose of this paper is to explore what they call the "symptomatic reading" of interview transcripts. While attending to the contradiction and inconsistencies that characterize interview texts, they also recognize stabilizing strategies--what they call "trump discourses"--that make social life possible. Such a way of working enables us to see how power works through discourse. It helps us understand why many girls express a feminist Subjectivity, while distancing themselves from the identity as "feminist." (Contains 28 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada