From research on girls to girlhood studies: Exploring Israeli girlhood studies from an international and historical perspective

Einat Lachover, Heidi Preis, Einat Peled

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Abstract

This review, based on analysis of the abstracts of 271 academic publications, critically examines the development of girlhood studies within a specific sociocultural context – Israeli society. By examining one particular context the authors hope to contribute to the discourse on the worldwide evolution of girlhood studies. The following research questions were posed: How did the body of literature on Israeli girls develop over time? What is the distribution of disciplines and topics represented? Who are the girls at the focus of the writing? What are the methodological and paradigmatic approaches adopted? The findings point to the tentative development of a girlhood studies perspective that began in the 1980s and expanded over time, revealing the spread and reclaiming of feminist theoretical tenets as embodied in the study of girls. The review both sheds light on the pace and the manner in which Western feminist ideas spread to a specific local arena, and identifies unique local influences impacting this process.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)132-149
Number of pages18
JournalEuropean Journal of Women's Studies
Volume26
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 May 2019

Keywords

  • Academic literature
  • critical review
  • gender studies
  • girlhood studies
  • girls

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