Puutio, E., Huuki, T., & Pihkala, S. (2022). Mundane matters: Mapping the becomings of heterosexual girlhood in the emerging sexual cultures of elementary school children. Sexualities, 0(0). https://doi.org/10.1177/13634607221126937
Mundane matters : mapping the becomings of heterosexual girlhood in the emerging sexual cultures of elementary school children
|Author:||Puutio, Eveliina1; Huuki, Tuija1; Pihkala, Suvi1|
1University of Oulu, Finland
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|Persistent link:|| http://urn.fi/urn:nbn:fi-fe202301091909
|Publish Date:|| 2023-01-09
This article explores the vital roles of matter in the emerging sexual cultures of elementary school children. Based on a case study of a seven-year-old girl, it draws from ethnographic research on the gendered and sexual power relations of students in Northern Finland. Inspired by feminist, new materialist theories, the analysis indicates how everyday objects may be seen as co-constituting heterosexual femininity by attaching even young girls to teenage cultures and emphasizing femininity and distancing them from childhood and masculinity. This article shows, furthermore, how materiality acts in generating “cross-pulls” that may evoke popularity and admiration, but also cause restrictions to the agency of girls in the ambiguous entanglements of child sexual cultures.
|Type of Publication:||
A1 Journal article – refereed
|Field of Science:||
516 Educational sciences
The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: This work was supported by Academy of Finland, [grant number 322612].
|Academy of Finland Grant Number:||
322612 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
Puutio, Eveliina; Huuki, Tuija; Pihkala, Suvi, Mundane matters : mapping the becomings of heterosexual girlhood in the emerging sexual cultures of elementary school children, Sexualities (Journal Volume Number and Issue Number) pp. xx-xx. Copyright © The Author(s) 2022. DOI: 10.1177/13634607221126937.