'A quick sideways look and wild grin': Joyful assemblages in moments of girlhood

Susanne Gannon, Kristina Gottschall, Catherine Camden Pratt

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Through stories of young girls at play produced in a collective biography workshopwe trace flows of desire and excesses of joy, and bring recent feminist work on positiveaffect into our analysis of girlhood becomings. Ringrose (2011, 2013) arguesthat the concept of the “affective assemblageâ€� brings together affect, embodiment,and relationality in powerful ways to enable a mapping of how desire movesthrough the social. She suggests that the affective capacities of assemblages can be“life affirming or life destroyingâ€� (2011: 602). In this article we are interested inmapping flows of desire, moments of joy and possibility in moments of girlhood,and in the limitations and contingencies within these moments that shut downthese possibilities. We suggest that the methodology of collective biography(Davies and Gannon 2006, 2009, 2013) offers potential for tracing the microparticularsof girlhood becomings.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)13-29
Number of pages17
JournalGirlhood Studies
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2013


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