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Pihkala, Huuki, & Sunnari. (2019). Moving with Touch: Entanglements of a Child, Valentine’s Day Cards, and Research–Activism against Sexual Harassment in Pre-Teen Peer Cultures. Social Sciences, 8(8), 226.

Moving with touch : entanglements of a child, Valentine’s day cards, and research–activism against sexual harassment in pre-teen peer cultures

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Author: Pihkala, Suvi1; Huuki, Tuija1; Sunnari, Vappu1
Organizations: 1Faculty of Education, University of Oulu, FI-90014 Oulu, Finland
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Version: published version
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Language: English
Published: Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute, 2019
Publish Date: 2019-08-12


In this paper, we respond to feminist new materialist scholars’ calls to explore what research in the field of gendered and sexual violence can be, do, and become. This paper explores the microprocesses of change within the more-than-human child–card entanglements as part of our research–activist campaign addressing sexual harassment in pre-teen peer cultures. Drawing on one of our creative workshops, we generate three analytical readings that map touch. We focus, first, on the intra-action of bodies, objects, and abstractions that reconfigures painful experiences of harassment for recognition; second, on the affective charge in moments and movements of response and resistance; and third, on what else touch can become when it travels across time–space domains as part of our research–activism. Re-engaging with our research–activism, we propose that different kinds of touch converge into a sensing-feeling, inherently ethico-political, matter-realizing apparatus that reconfigures painful experiences of gendered and sexual harassment for recognition, response, and resistance. Connecting to feminist new materialist endeavors to envision and enact response-able research, we propose that ‘moving with touch’ helps us shed light on the microprocesses of change in generative ways—that is, in ways that recraft response-abilities and invite movement.

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Series: Social sciences
ISSN: 2076-0760
ISSN-E: 2076-0760
ISSN-L: 2076-0760
Volume: 8
Issue: 8
Article number: 226
DOI: 10.3390/socsci8080226
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 516 Educational sciences
Funding: This research was partly funded by Academy of Finland, grant number 295000.
Academy of Finland Grant Number: 295000
Detailed Information: 295000 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
Copyright information: © 2019 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license (