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Title: Scouting for girls? Gender and the Scout Movement in Britain
Authors: Mills, Sarah
Keywords: Youth
Feminist geopolitics
Scout Movement
Girl Guides
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: © Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Citation: MILLS, S., 2011. Scouting for girls? Gender and the Scout Movement in Britain. Gender, Place and Culture: a journal of feminist geography, 18 (4), pp. 537 - 556.
Abstract: This article brings a feminist geopolitics to bear upon an analysis of the Boy Scout Movement in Britain in order to illustrate how an emphasis upon seemingly banal, embodied practices such as dressing, writing and crafting can provide a counter-view to prevailing notions of the elite, organisational `scripting' of individualised, geopolitical identities. Here, these practices undertaken by girls are understood not as subversive, or even transgressive, in the face of broader-scale constructions of the self and the collective body, but rather as related moments in the emergence of a complex, tension-ridden `movement' that exceed specific attempts at fixity along the lines of gender. Using archival data, this article examines various embodied practices by `girl scouts' that were made possible by such attempts at fixity but which also, in turn, opened up new spaces of engagement and negotiation. A cumulative shift from a determinedly masculine to a co-educational organisation over the course of the twentieth century thus reflects complex geographies of gender, national identity and citizenship and offers a historical contribution to the feminist geopolitics literature.
Description: This article was published in the journal, Gender, Place and Culture [© Taylor & Francis (Routledge)] and the definitive version is available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0966369X.2011.583342
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1080/0966369X.2011.583342
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/12147
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0966369X.2011.583342
ISSN: 0966-369X
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