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'Feel what I feel': making da(r)ta with teen girls for creative activisms on how sexual violence matters

Renold, Emma 2018. 'Feel what I feel': making da(r)ta with teen girls for creative activisms on how sexual violence matters. Journal of Gender Studies 27 (1) , pp. 37-55. 10.1080/09589236.2017.1296352

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Inspired by feminist new materialist and posthuman activist philosophy, this paper speculates on what happens when data entangles with arts-based methodologies in a school-based participatory activist project with six teen girls (age 15) on gender-based and sexual violence. Mapping the journey of how data become da(r)ta and how da(r)ta become d/artaphacts, the paper follows how the Runway of Disrespect, the Shame Chain, the Ruler-Skirt and the Tagged Heart ripple through peer cultures, school assemblies and national policy landscapes. Each journey provides a small glimpse into how bodies, space, objects, affects and discourse ‘intra-act’ (Barad 2007) in dynamic assemblages to produce d/artaphacts crafted from and carrying experience. The paper concludes to consider the ethical-political affordances of how participatory arts-based methodologies and the im/personal vitality of objects (Bennett 2010) might support young people to safely and creatively communicate and potentially transform oppressive sexual cultures and practices.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Publisher: Routledge
ISSN: 0958-9236
Funders: ESRC/AHRC
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 13 March 2017
Date of Acceptance: 7 February 2017
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2018 15:47

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