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What else can a crush become: working with arts-methods to address sexual harassment in pre-teen romantic relationship cultures

Huuki, T; Kyrölä, K; Pihkala, S; (2021) What else can a crush become: working with arts-methods to address sexual harassment in pre-teen romantic relationship cultures. Gender and Education pp. 1-16. 10.1080/09540253.2021.1989384. (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

This article focuses on a study in which feminist new materialist and arts-based methodologies were employed to explore how three girls address their experiences of sexual harassment as part of ‘crushes’ with boys in fourth and fifth grade. The study stems from longitudinal research on how Finnish children from pre-school to pre-teen years are caught up in entanglements of power in the formation of romantic relationship cultures. Such entanglements often escape articulation and are therefore difficult to study using more traditional research methods. During the arts-based process, the girls began to negotiate consent and self-determination in new ways through collecting, crafting, and making a booklet and a YouTube video. Conceptualising the changes as minor gestures [Manning, Erin. 2016. The Minor Gesture. Durham, NC: Duke University Press] that gradually transform girls’ somatic archives [Paasonen, Susanna. 2013. “Grains of Resonance: Affect, Pornography and Visual Sensation.” Somatechnics 3 (2): 351–368. doi:10.3366/soma.2013.0102], we argue that arts-methods can empower children to relate differently to each other, refuse harassment and assert their desires.

Type: Article
Title: What else can a crush become: working with arts-methods to address sexual harassment in pre-teen romantic relationship cultures
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/09540253.2021.1989384
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1080/09540253.2021.1989384
Language: English
Additional information: © 2021 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).
Keywords: Arts, children, harassment, new materialism, sexual cultures
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Culture, Communication and Media
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10136573
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