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Adolescent Girls and Their Friends: Feminists Ethnography


reviewed by Julia Wrigley — 1997

coverTitle: Adolescent Girls and Their Friends: Feminists Ethnography
Author(s): Vivienne Griffiths
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
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This self-described "feminist ethnography" explores the friendships of working-class girls in a West Yorkshire comprehensive secondary school. Vivienne Griffiths spent 1983—1984 observing girls in classes and talking to them at lunch and after school, eventually coming to know about 100 girls but focusing on 16 of them. The research is feminist in that Griffiths does not try for detachment; she identifies with the girls as they struggle to overcome daunting problems of economic and family restriction and she integrates recollections of her own middle-class girlhood into her account. Any ethnography of high school students in the North of England must contend with the specter of Paul Willis’s Learning to Labour,1 his gripping account of "the lads," rebellious working-class boys who created a counter-school culture of impressive intensity. In emphasizing the lads’ solidarity, Willis ignored girls in his study, except as objects of aggressive pursuit by the lads. Feminists have since asked, "What about girls? Do they form cultures of resistance, and if so, what form do they take?"... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 98 Number 3, 1997, p. 565-567
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 9632, Date Accessed: 12/16/2017 10:03:23 AM

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