This edited collection is an interdisciplinary and dialogical endeavor focused on the field of Nordic Girlhood Studies. It investigates young femininity as well as the key themes and concepts of Girlhood Studies, including girl power, feminisms, femininity, gender equality, postfeminism and sexualities in the specific cultural, historical and political context of the Nordic region. The chapters of the book consist of thematic case studies, including memories of girl power in the Finnish context, gendered harassment experienced and explained by Finnish girls, troublesome girlhood within the Swedish context and girls' subjectification projects in Nordic welfare state. Further, the case studies are accompanied by dialogical Outlook-essays, where researchers either outside Nordic region or from adjacent research fields reflect on Nordic Girlhood Studies through comparisons and reflections form their vantage point. The book will be of scholarly interest to researchers and students working especially on the fields of Girlhood Studies, Youth Studies, Gender Studies, Sociology and Cultural Studies both within the Nordic region and outside.
Dr. Bodil Formark, History, has throughout her academic career published both edited collections and articles within the field of Girlhood Studies. She is co-founder and co-ordinator of FlickForsk! Nordic Network for Girlhood Studies at Umeå Centre for Gender Studies, Umeå University.
Dr. Heta Mulari, Cultural History, is a researcher at the Finnish Youth Research Network in Helsinki. Mulari has co-edited anthologies about film history, girlhood studies and media studies, written several book chapters and journal articles.
Dr. Myry Voipio, Literature, is a children's and youth literature researcher and author. Besides writing academic research and children's fiction, Voipio works as a children's and youth literature expert and educator.
Chapter 1. Introduction, Nordic Girlhoods: New Perspectives and Outlooks; Bodil Formark, Heta Mulari & Myry Voipio.- Chapter 2.Negotiating Emancipation and Nationalism: Finnish Girls' Literature from 1889 to 1901; Myry Voipio.- Chapter 3. Explosive Self Confident Femininity: Experienced and Remembered Girl Energy; Aino Tormulainen, Heta Mulari & Myry Voipio.- Chapter 4. Outlook, What Does Finnish Fiction and Girl Energy Have To Do With Feminism and Gay Liberation in South Africa?; Ann Smith.- Chapter 5. Grin and Bear It! Downplaying Sexual Harrashment As Part of Nordic Girlhood; Sanna Aaltonen.- Chapter 6."Prevention, Prevention, Prevention. It's All About Prevention and Diseases." Migrant Girls' Views On Sexuality Education in the Intersection of Family, Friends and Popular Culture; Veronika Honkasalo.-Chapter 7 Outlook, Girlhood, Agency, And Embodied Space For Action; Fiona Vera-Gray.- Chapter 8, When the Problem of Incorrigible Girls Became a Problem of Psychopathy; Bolette Frydendahl Larsen.- Chapter 9, Narrating Family: Talk About a Troublesome Girlhood in the Swedish Context; Linda Arnell.- Chapter 10. The Girl and the Feminist State? Subjectification Projects in the Nordic Welfare State; Elina Oinas.- Chapter 11 Outlook. Nordic Girlhoods From a Russian Perspective; Olga Zdravomyslova.- Chapter 12 Conclusion: A Conversation; Bodil Formark, Heta Mulari & Myry Voipio.