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Clever Girls : Autoethnographies of Class, Gender and Ethnicity

Goode, Jackie
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Springer Nature Switzerland AG
Published: January 12, 2020
ISBN: 9783030296575
359 pages, 5 Illustrations, black and white; XXV, 359 p. 5 illus.


Winner of the Working-Class Studies Association’s “Jake Ryan and Charles Sackrey Award for a Book about the Working-Class Academic Experience”

This collection by three generations of women from predominantly working-class backgrounds explores the production of the classed, gendered and racialized subject with powerful, engaging, funny and moving stories of transitions through family relationships, education, friendships and work. The developments that take place across a life in processes of ‘becoming’ are examined through the fifteen autoethnographies that form the core of the book, set within an elaboration of the social, educational and geo-political developments that constitute the backdrop to contributors’ lives. Clever Girls discusses the status of personal experience as ‘research data’ and the memory work that goes into the making of autoethnography-as-poiesis. The collection illustrates the huge potential of autoethnography as research method, mode of inquiry and creative practice to illuminate the specificities and commonalities of experiences of growing up as ‘clever girls’ and to sound a ‘call to action’ against inequality and discrimination.

This book – locally edited, with some local contributors – normally costs £89.99 but we got a special deal on it for the launch!

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