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Formark, B., Mulari, H. & Voipio, M. (Eds.). (2017). Nordic girlhoods: new perspectives and outlooks. Palgrave Macmillan
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Nordic girlhoods: new perspectives and outlooks
2017 (English)Collection (editor) (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

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.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Palgrave Macmillan, 2017. p. 231
Keywords
girl, girls, girlhood, young femininity, feminism, gender equality, Global North, Nordic countries, Nordic welfare states, Outlook-essays, ung femininitet, flickor, tjejer, nordisk flickforskning
National Category
Gender Studies Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-141885 (URN)10.1007/978-3-319-65118-7 (DOI)978-3-319-65117-0 (ISBN)978-3-319-65118-7 (ISBN)
Available from: 2017-11-14 Created: 2017-11-14 Last updated: 2018-06-09Bibliographically approved
Strömbäck, M., Formark, B., Wiklund, M. & Malmgren-Olsson, E.-B. (2014). The corporeality of living stressful femininity: a gender–theoretical analysis of young Swedish women’s stress experiences. Young - Nordic Journal of Youth Research, 22(3), 271-289
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The corporeality of living stressful femininity: a gender–theoretical analysis of young Swedish women’s stress experiences
2014 (English)In: Young - Nordic Journal of Youth Research, ISSN 1103-3088, E-ISSN 1741-3222, Vol. 22, no 3, p. 271-289Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article analyzes young Swedish women’s experiences of living stressful femininity from an existentialist gender theoretical perspective. The study is based on qualitative interviews with 25 women, aged 17–25, who had registered for a stress management course at a youth health centre. Our analysis suggests that their experiences of stress can be related to the renegotiation of gender constructions that have occurred within the Swedish society. The young female subject can be viewed as living through a historic break between a historical position as a subordinated ‘Other’ while simultaneously having to navigate within contemporary discourses of successful femininity. The doing of normative femininity resulted in an exhausting and draining self-evaluating circle. The experiences of having a painful and collapsing body led to a sense of loss of access to and confidence in their bodies. This should be understood as a loss both of subjectivity and connectedness with the corporeality of existence.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sage Publications, 2014
Keywords
stress, mental health, gender, gender theory, embodiment, corporeality, phenomenology, post-feminism, stress, psykisk ohälsa, kropp, kroppslighet, genus, genusteori, fenomenologi, postfeminism
National Category
Physiotherapy
Research subject
genusvetenskap; Psychiatry; Physiotherapy
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-88758 (URN)10.1177/0973174114533464 (DOI)000342825600004 ()
Projects
Umeå SHY
Funder
Swedish Research Council, 521-2005-4848
Available from: 2014-05-14 Created: 2014-05-14 Last updated: 2018-06-07Bibliographically approved
Söderberg, E., Österlund, M. & Formark, B. (Eds.). (2013). Flicktion: perspektiv på flickan i fiktionen. Malmö: Universus Academic Press
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Flicktion: perspektiv på flickan i fiktionen
2013 (Swedish)Collection (editor) (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Malmö: Universus Academic Press, 2013. p. 328
Series
Skrifter utgivna av Svenska barnboksinstitutet, ISSN 0347-5387 ; 123
National Category
General Literature Studies Gender Studies
Research subject
genusvetenskap
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-141884 (URN)978-91-87439-03-2 (ISBN)
Available from: 2017-11-14 Created: 2017-11-14 Last updated: 2018-06-09Bibliographically approved
Formark, B. (2013). Fältanteckningar om magasinerade flickminnen och ett ambivalent tjejblivande. Finsk tidskrift : kultur, ekonomi, politik (7/8), 33-41
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Fältanteckningar om magasinerade flickminnen och ett ambivalent tjejblivande
2013 (Swedish)In: Finsk tidskrift : kultur, ekonomi, politik, ISSN 0015-248X, no 7/8, p. 33-41Article in journal (Other academic) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Åbo: Åbo akademi, 2013
Keywords
flickor, tjej, jämställdhet, generation
National Category
History Gender Studies
Research subject
History; literature for children and adolescents
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-141880 (URN)
Available from: 2017-11-14 Created: 2017-11-14 Last updated: 2018-08-30Bibliographically approved
Formark, B. (2013). Jösses flickor, vilket trassel!: Historiska reflektioner kring flickforskningens uppgift i en flickfrämjande och postfeministisk tid. Tidskrift för Genusvetenskap (2-3), 7-20
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Jösses flickor, vilket trassel!: Historiska reflektioner kring flickforskningens uppgift i en flickfrämjande och postfeministisk tid
2013 (Swedish)In: Tidskrift för Genusvetenskap, ISSN 1654-5443, E-ISSN 2001-1377, no 2-3, p. 7-20Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Oh Boy Girls, What a Tangle! Historical Reflections on the Value of Girlhood Studies in a Girl-Friendly and Post-Feminist Time

Using the recent establishment of the International Day of the Girl Child as an analytical departure point this article addresses three different but intertwined challenges which Girlhood Studies are facing in relation to the contemporary construction of the girl as an important agent for social change. The construction of a historically significant girl represents a significant historical change, which requires further historical analysis and reflection. Seeking to untangle this temporal problem the article first discusses a number of problematic implications caused by the historiographical emphasis of the “invisibility of girls” within the research field. Furthermore, it discusses how this narrative of invisibility also has infused the ideals, norms and discourses among girlhood researchers. In the article I argue that this narrative represents a risk in relation to the current neo-liberal centering of the girl, as it might entail a tendency to approach all instances where the girl is noticed as a girl in an uncritical manner. The article then analyses how historians have framed the writing of the history of girls and girlhood. A project in which there seems to be an emancipatory ambition to affix a kind of eternal value to the girl, which can be viewed to be in correspondence with contemporary girl power discourses. The article thereafter discusses some historical aspects regarding the relationship between Girlhood Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies both in an international and in a Swedish context. I conclude the article by exemplifying how a more theoretical understanding of girls, girlhood and generation could be used as a framework in the investigation of the Nordic experience of forty years of gender equality politics.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Linköping: , 2013
Keywords
Gender studies, Girlhood Studies, Women’s Studies, girls, history, generation, girl power, flickforskning, flickor, historia, generation, girl power
National Category
History Gender Studies
Research subject
History; genusvetenskap
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-141861 (URN)
Available from: 2017-11-14 Created: 2017-11-14 Last updated: 2018-06-11Bibliographically approved
Österlund, M., Söderberg, E. & Formark, B. (2013). Litteratur och konst som flickforskningens teoretiska språngbräda. In: Eva Söderberg, Mia Österlund och Bodil Formark (Ed.), Flicktion: perspektiv på flickan i fiktionen (pp. 11-25). Malmö: Universus Academic Press
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Litteratur och konst som flickforskningens teoretiska språngbräda
2013 (Swedish)In: Flicktion: perspektiv på flickan i fiktionen / [ed] Eva Söderberg, Mia Österlund och Bodil Formark, Malmö: Universus Academic Press , 2013, p. 11-25Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Malmö: Universus Academic Press, 2013
Series
Skrifter utgivna av Svenska barnboksinstitutet, ISSN 0347-5387 ; 123
National Category
General Literature Studies Gender Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-141883 (URN)978-91-87439-03-2 (ISBN)
Available from: 2017-11-14 Created: 2017-11-14 Last updated: 2018-06-09Bibliographically approved
Formark, B. & Bränström Öhman, A. (2013). Situating Nordic Girls' Studies. Girlhood Studies, 6(2), 3-10
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Situating Nordic Girls' Studies
2013 (English)In: Girlhood Studies, ISSN 1938-8209, E-ISSN 1938-8322, Vol. 6, no 2, p. 3-10Article in journal, Editorial material (Other academic) Published
Keywords
girlhood studies, Nordic girls, history, gender theory
National Category
General Literature Studies Social Sciences
Research subject
Literature
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-85739 (URN)10.3167/ghs.2013.060202 (DOI)
Available from: 2014-02-10 Created: 2014-02-10 Last updated: 2018-06-08Bibliographically approved
Formark, B. (2013). Spröda kvarlevor av växtvärk: Tori Amos besjungande av levd flickerfarenhet. In: Eva Söderberg, Mia Österlund och Bodil Formark (Ed.), Flicktion: perspektiv på flickan i fiktionen (pp. 258-273). Malmö: Universus Academic Press
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Spröda kvarlevor av växtvärk: Tori Amos besjungande av levd flickerfarenhet
2013 (Swedish)In: Flicktion: perspektiv på flickan i fiktionen / [ed] Eva Söderberg, Mia Österlund och Bodil Formark, Malmö: Universus Academic Press , 2013, p. 258-273Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Malmö: Universus Academic Press, 2013
Series
Skrifter utgivna av Svenska barnboksinstitutet, ISSN 0347-5387 ; 123
Keywords
Simone de Beauvoir, Tori Amos, flickblivande, kvinnoblivande
National Category
Musicology Gender Studies
Research subject
genusvetenskap; Musicology; History
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-141882 (URN)978-91-87439-03-2 (ISBN)
Available from: 2017-11-14 Created: 2017-11-14 Last updated: 2018-06-09Bibliographically approved
Formark, B. (2010). Den välsituerade flickan: Om den svenska flickscoutrörelsens historia 1910-1940 . (Doctoral dissertation). Lund: Sekel Bokförlag
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Den välsituerade flickan: Om den svenska flickscoutrörelsens historia 1910-1940
2010 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The Well-Situated Girl is the first academic study of the history of Swedish Girl Scouting. Through a qualitative and interpretive method, which has its methodological home in the hermeneutic tradition, and with theoretical inspiration from Simone de Beauvoir’s work The Second Sex the aim of the thesis is to conceptualize Girl Scouting as girls’ and women’s history.  The thesis analyzes the emergence of scouting for girls,  the establishment of Girl Scouting in Sweden during the years prior to World War I and the specific kind of vision, version and process of girlhood and womanhood that the movement enabled and encouraged during the interwar period. Particular focus is put both on the movement’s textual construction and representations of the Girl Scout and Girl Scouting as a lived experience. Furthermore, how the intertwined character of the textual and scouting as a lived experience facilitated a new way for girls to conceive, embody their girlhood and live as girls.

Through a thematic analysis of five different aspects of the movement – phenomenon, organization, activity, identity and culture - the thesis concludes that Girl Scouting created a space where girls and women could meet in an intergenerational, international and work-oriented context which suggested and created an opportunity for girls to move from a historically constructed object position to a partially self-constructed subject position.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Lund: Sekel Bokförlag, 2010. p. 324
Keywords
girl scouting, scouting for girls, girlhood studies, youth movements in Sweden, girls’ history, women’s history, Simone de Beauvoir, the second sex, transcendence, immanence
National Category
History
Research subject
History
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-36065 (URN)978-91-85767-60-1 (ISBN)
Public defence
2010-10-09, Hörsal F, Humanisthuset, Umeå Universitet, Umeå, 13:00 (Swedish)
Opponent
Supervisors
Available from: 2010-09-17 Created: 2010-09-15 Last updated: 2018-06-08Bibliographically approved
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