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Pihkala, S., & Huuki, T. (2019). How A Hashtag Matters – Crafting Response(-Abilities) through Research-Activism on Sexual Harassment in Pre-Teen Peer Cultures. Reconceptualizing Educational Research Methodology, 10(2-3), 242-258.

How a hashtag matters : crafting response(-abilities) through research-activism on sexual harassment in pre-teen peer cultures

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Author: Pihkala, Suvi1; Huuki, Tuija1
Organizations: 1University of Oulu, Finland
Format: article
Version: published version
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Language: English
Published: Oslo Metropolitan University, 2019
Publish Date: 2020-10-14


This paper examines what research with children can do and become when it intra-acts with a MeToo hashtag, creative methods, experiences of sexual harassment and the making and travelling of Valentine’s Day cards. The paper is grounded within a creative research-activist project, #MeToo Postscriptum, which aimed to address sexual harassment in pre-teen peer cultures. Analyzing the project, the paper explores how the idea of response-ability manifested in three space-times of the project, and how the material-discursive practices of the project reiteratively reconfigured the conditions of possibilities to respond, react, and act against abusive gendered and sexual child peer cultures. Mapping response-ability through our research endeavours helps theorize the contingent, complex, and entangled ways research-activist methodologies can activate change, enables us to envision response-able practices to counter sexual harassment in young peer cultures, and sensitizes us as scholars and educators to our responsibilities and accountabilities that become recrafted in response.

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Series: Reconceptualizing educational research methodology
ISSN: 1892-042X
ISSN-E: 1892-042X
ISSN-L: 1892-042X
Volume: 10
Issue: 2-3
Pages: 242 - 258
DOI: 10.7577/rerm.3678
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 516 Educational sciences
Funding: This work was supported by the Academy of Finland (grant numbers 295000 and 322612) and the University of Oulu, Faculty of Education.
Academy of Finland Grant Number: 295000
Detailed Information: 295000 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
322612 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
Copyright information: Copyright (c) 2020 Suvi Pihkala, Tuija Huuki. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.