Clever Girls

Autoethnographies of Class, Gender and Ethnicity

  • Jackie Goode

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxv
  2. Jackie Goode
    Pages 1-16
  3. Jackie Goode
    Pages 47-70
  4. Liz Thomas
    Pages 71-87
  5. Jackie Goode
    Pages 89-113
  6. Nell Farrell
    Pages 115-123
  7. Melanie Reynolds
    Pages 145-163
  8. Panya Banjoko
    Pages 165-180
  9. Sarah Ward
    Pages 181-192
  10. Jan Bradford
    Pages 193-214
  11. Motsabi Rooper
    Pages 271-283
  12. Victoria Adukwei Bulley
    Pages 285-289
  13. Claire Mitchell
    Pages 291-297
  14. Emily Green
    Pages 299-312
  15. Jackie Goode
    Pages 313-336
  16. Jackie Goode
    Pages 337-356
  17. Back Matter
    Pages 357-359

About this book


This collection by three generations of women from predominantly working-class backgrounds explores the production of the classed, gendered and racialized subject with powerful, engaging, funny and moving stories of transitions through family relationships, education, friendships and work. The developments that take place across a life in processes of ‘becoming’ are examined through the fifteen autoethnographies that form the core of the book, set within an elaboration of the social, educational and geo-political developments that constitute the backdrop to contributors’ lives. Clever Girls discusses the status of personal experience as ‘research data’ and the memory work that goes into the making of autoethnography-as-poiesis. The collection illustrates the huge potential of autoethnography as research method, mode of inquiry and creative practice to illuminate the specificities and commonalities of experiences of growing up as ‘clever girls’ and to sound a ‘call to action’ against inequality and discrimination.

Jackie Goode is Visiting Fellow in Qualitative Research in the School of Social Sciences, Loughborough University, UK. 



race Cultural Identities Voice sociology transitions women's studies sexuality Inter-generational transmission feminism

Editors and affiliations

  • Jackie Goode
    • 1
  1. 1.Loughborough UniversityLoughboroughUK

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