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Professor Mary Jane Kehily

Profile summary

  • Central Academic Staff
  • Professor (Gender and Education)
  • Faculty of Wellbeing, Education & Language Studies
  • School of Education, Childhood, Youth and Sport
  • Childhood, Youth and Sport
  • maryjane.kehily

Professional biography

Mary Jane Kehily is Professor of Gender and Education in the Centre for Childhood and Youth Studies. She specialises in the field of Childhood and Youth Studies. Having completed postgraduate study in Cultural Studies at the University of Birmingham and the Institute of Education, University of London, Mary Jane’s academic interests have developed a focus on cultural approaches to understanding education and particularly the intersection between cultural studies and education. Following cultural studies’ traditions, she is experienced in ethnographic methods and uses them to explore the everyday settings in which gender and sexuality, narrative and identity and popular culture are given meaning by young people themselves.

www.maryjanekehily.com

Research interests

Gender, sexuality and schooling

Based initially on an ethnographic study of a secondary school in the West Midlands, UK, this aspect of Mary Jane’s work explores student-centred perspectives on gender relations, sexuality and sexuality education. Her early work in this field traces the contours of masculinities and femininities in interactions between the formal school and the informal sexual cultures of teachers and young people. Taking a unique approach to social learning she suggests that, in the context of increased regulation of school life through testing and monitoring, young people’s sexual cultures may become sites of resistance, as adult-free and education-free zones in which students can collectively negotiate their own sexual values (Kehily 2002). Later work has considered gender relations beyond the school, providing accounts of femininities in the context of globalisation (Kehily and Nayak 2008) and from an intergenerational perspective (Kehily 2008).

Youth cultures, popular culture

Mary Jane has a long standing interest in youth cultures. Her published work documents the creative cultural practices of young people and the ways in which researchers have made youth visible through ethnographic study and semiotic analysis (Kehily 2003; 2007). Building upon and expanding this work, she has collaborated with Anoop Nayak to develop a global perspective on youth in ‘new times’ (Nayak and Kehily 2008). A second edition of Gender, Youth and Culture: global masculinities and femininities will be published by Palgrave in 2013. Throughout this body of work Mary Jane considers the impact of popular culture on young people in different geographic locations and the ways in which it can be drawn upon as a resource for thinking, talking and learning.

Motherhood

As part of a productive long term collaboration with Rachel Thomson , http://www.sussex.ac.uk/socialwork/people/peoplelists/person/285568 , Sue Sharpe http://www.restore.ac.uk/inventingadulthoods/team/index.shtml  and Lucy Hadfield, Mary Jane has explored the ways in which motherhood as a concept, an identity and a social practice has changed over three generations. Beginning with the experience of first time mothers in the present, the research develops an account of contemporary motherhood as a diverse and changing identity, shaped by age and socio-economic circumstances, in ways that produce new social divisions between women (Thomson and Kehily 2008; Kehily 2011). This study is part of a wider project to understand the shifts in women’s lives that have taken place over the twentieth-twenty first century and the implications of these for social theory.

 

Childhood, sexual innocence, discourses that bring the child into being

Informed by her teaching at The Open University, particularly the innovative undergraduate Childhood course (Kehily and Swann 2003), Mary Jane has developed a research profile in Childhood Studies that examines the idea of childhood as a social construct, the reification of childhood innocence (Kehily and Montgomery 2003), the ways in which Western childhoods have changed and the formation of discourses that view contemporary childhood as ‘in crisis’ (Kehily 2010).

 

Teaching interests

Mary Jane has led and contributed to a range of courses in Childhood and Youth, including:

KE308             Youth: perspectives and practice.    Production course team chair (with Martin Robb)U212/E212      Childhood 2010-2013       Production course team chair

2008-2010       Presentation course team chair

2008-2010       Examination and award board chair

2004-07           Presentation course team member and member of examination and award board

2000-03           Course team member

Contributions to teaching materials

 

E102                An Introduction to Childhood Studies and Child Psychology

2013                Author of chapter, Tweenagers and the commercialisation of childhood

 

E805                Masters in Education

2011                Contributor to audio resource, Roundtable discussion, Critical issues in equity, diversity                               and educational practice

 

E212                Childhood

2013                Editor of co-published course book Understanding Childhood

Author of chapter, Childhood in crisis? An introduction to contemporary Western childhood, in Understanding Childhood

Co-author of chapter, Childhood: a socio-cultural approach, in Understanding Childhood

 

                        Co-editor of course book, Children and Young People’s Cultural Worlds

Co-author of Childhood, Culture and Innocence in, Children and Young People’s Cultural Worlds

 

Co-author of chapter, Home and Family, in course book Childhoods in Context

 

K209               Youth justice: research, theory and policy (60 points)

2009        Author of chapter, Sex ‘n’ drugs ‘n’ rock ‘n’ roll: young people as consumers, for course book, Youth Justice: A companion guide to effective practice in working with children and young people

 

E807                Children and Young People’s Worlds: frameworks for integrated practice (60 points)

2009                Author of chapter, Children, Young People and Sexuality, in course book Children and Young People’s Worlds

 

KE308             Youth: perspectives and practice (60 points)

2007                Editor of course book, Understanding Youth, perspectives, identities and practices.

2007                Author of chapter, Youth: A cultural perspective, in course book Understanding Youth, perspectives, identities and practices

2007                Contributor to Youth: perspectives and practice on-line Learning Guide.

2007                Author of chapter, Playing, in course book Understanding Youth, perspectives, identities and practices

2007                Author of chapter, Education, in course book Youth in Context: frameworks, settings and encounters,

 

EK310            Research with Children and Young People (60 points)

2004                Co-author of chapter, Gender, in course book Doing Research with Children and Young People

 

U212               Childhood (60 points)

2003                Editor of course book Children’s Cultural Worlds

2003                Co-author of chapter, Innocence and experience, in course book Understanding Childhood, an interdisciplinary approach

2003                Co-author of chapter, Play and the Cultures of Childhood, in course book Children’s Cultural Worlds,

2003                Author of chapter, Youth cultures, in course book, Children’s Cultural Worlds

2003                Author of chapter, Consumption and creativity, in course book, Children’s Cultural Worlds,

2003                Co-author of Block 3 Children’s Cultural Worlds Study Guide and Audio Visual Notes

 

 

 

Impact and engagement

Academic editorial work: journals

From 2012       Editor, Children and Society

 

2009                Editorial board member, Studies on Women & Gender Abstracts.

 

2008-present    Editorial board member, Girlhood Studies, an interdisciplinary journal

 

2006-2012,      Editor, Gender and Education.

 

2006-present,   Editorial board member, Thymos: journal of boyhood studies

 

2003- present   Editorial board member, Gender and Education

Membership of Government or other public committees

2008-09           Academic consultant and panel member for the Department for Children, Schools and Families and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport on The Impact of the Commercial World on Children’s Wellbeing, an independent assessment.

 

2009                Contributor to the fact finding review, Home Office cross-government consultation paper ‘Together we can end violence against women and girls’

 

2014                Academic consultant to Department of Culture, Media and Sport, seminar on young people and body image

 

Research Activity

Research groups

NameTypeParent Unit
CREET: Child and Youth Studies Research ClusterGroupFaculty of Education and Language Studies

Publications

Acting up and acting out: encountering children in a longitudinal study of mothering (2012-04)
Thomson, Rachel; Hadfield, Lucy; Kehily, Mary Jane and Sharpe, Sue
Qualitative Research, 12(2) (pp. 186-201)
Figuring families: generation, situation and narrative in contemporary mothering (2011-11-30)
Kehily, Mary Jane and Thomson, Rachel
Sociological Research Online, 16(4) (Article 16)
Troubling reflexivity: the identity flows of teachers becoming mothers (2011)
Thomson, Rachel and Kehily, Mary Jane
Gender and Education, 23(3) (pp. 233-245)
A window on children's lives? The process and problematics of representing children in audio visual case study (2011)
Kehily, Mary Jane and Maybin, Janet
Journal of Children and Media , 5(3) (pp. 267-283)
Family fortunes: an intergenerational perspective on recession (2010-06)
Thomson, Rachel; Hadfield, Lucy; Kehily, Mary Jane and Sharpe, Sue
Twenty-First Century Society, 5(2) (pp. 149-157)
Childhood in crisis? Tracing the contours of ‘crisis’ and its impact upon contemporary parenting practices (2010-03)
Kehily, Mary Jane
Media, Culture & Society, 32(2) (pp. 171-185)
Comments on the status of Boyhood Studies (2009-10)
Chu, Judy Y.; Drummond, Murray; Redman, Peter; Fine, Gary Alan; Morrell, Robert; Keddie, Amanda; Korobov, Neill; Janssen, Diederik F.; Pallotta-Chiarolli, Maria; Kehily, Mary Jane; Timimi, Sami; Pomerance, Murray and Levant, Ronald F.
Thymos: Journal of Boyhood Studies, 3(2) (pp. 111-154)
Taking centre stage? Girlhood and the contradictions of femininity across three generations (2008-12)
Kehily, Mary Jane
Girlhood Studies, 1(2) (pp. 51-71)
Global femininities: consumption, culture and the significance of place (2008-09)
Kehily, Mary Jane and Nayak, Anoop
Discourse: Studies in the cultural politics of education, 29(3) (pp. 325-342)
Gender undone: subversion, regulation and embodiment in the work of Judith Butler (2006-09)
Nayak, Anoop and Kehily, Mary Jane
British Journal of Sociology of Education, 27(4) (pp. 459-472)
Middle‐class struggle? Identity‐work and leisure among sixth formers in the United Kingdom (2006-02)
Kehily, Mary Jane and Pattman, Rob
British Journal of Sociology of Education, 27(1) (pp. 37-52)
Gender undone: subversion, regulation and embodiment in the work of Judith Butler (2006)
Nayak, A. and Kehily, M. J.
British Journal of Sociology of Education, 27(4) (pp. 459-472)
Girls on Girls: tensions and anxieties in research with girls (2004-08)
Kehily, Mary
Feminism & Psychology, 14(3) (pp. 366-370)
Sexing the Subject: teachers, pedagogies and sex education (2002-11-01)
Kehily, Mary Jane
Sex Education, 2(3) (pp. 215-231)
Boys Bonding: same-sex friendship, the unconscious and heterosexual masculinities (2002-08)
Redman, Peter; Epstein, Debbie; Kehily, Mary Jane and Mac an Ghaill, Mairtin
Discourse, 23(2) (pp. 179-191)
Boys and girls come out to play: making masculinities and femininities in school playgrounds (2001-10-01)
Epstein, Debbie; Kehily, Mary; Mac an Ghaill, Mairtin and Redman, Peter
Men and Masculinities, 4(2) (pp. 158-172)
Bodies in school: Young men, embodiment, and heterosexual masculinities (2001-10)
Kehily, Mary
Men and Masculinities, 4(2) (pp. 173-185)
Private girls and public worlds: producing femininities in the primary school (2001-08)
Kehily, Mary Jane; Mac An Ghaill, Martin; Epstein, Debbie and Redman, Peter
Discourse, 23(2) (pp. 167-177)
Gender Youth and Culture: Young Masculinities and Femininities (2nd ed) (2013)
Nayak, Anoop and Kehily, Mary Jane
ISBN : 978-0-230-30355-3 | Publisher : Palgrave | Published : Basingstoke
Making Modern Mothers (2011)
Thomson, Rachel; Kehily, Mary Jane; Hadfield, Lucy and Sharpe, Sue
ISBN : 978-1-84742-604605-5 | Publisher : Policy Press | Published : Bristol
Gender, Youth and Culture: Young Masculinities and Femininities (2008-09-11)
Nayak, Anoop and Kehily, Mary Jane
ISBN : 978-1-4039-4977-6 | Publisher : Palgave | Published : Basingstoke
Sexuality, Gender and Schooling: Shifting Agendas in Social Learning (2002-07-25)
Kehily, Mary
ISBN : 0-415-28047-8 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : London
Home and family (2013-03-01)
Clark, Alison and Kehily, Mary Jane
In: Clark, Alison ed. Childhoods in Context (2nd ed) (pp. 53-108)
ISBN : 9781447305811 | Publisher : Policy Press | Published : Bristol
Global femininities: consumption, culture and the significance of place (2009-03-19)
Kehily, M.J. and Nayak, A.
In: Dillabough, J.; McLeod, J. and Mills, M. eds. Troubling Gender in Education
ISBN : 978-0-415-46261-7 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : New York
The making of modern motherhoods: Storying an emergent identity (2009)
Thomson, Rachel; Kehily, Mary; Hadfield, Lucy and Sharpe, Sue
In: Wetherell, Margaret ed. Identity in the 21st Century: New Trends in Changing Times (pp. 197-212)
ISBN : 9780230580879 | Publisher : Palgrave Macmillan
Peer culture, masculinities and schooling (2009)
Kehily, Mary
In: Budde, J. and Mammes , I. eds. Jurgenforschung Empirisch Zwischen Schule, Mannlichem Habitus und Peerkultur [Empirical Research on Boys – Between School, Male Habitus and Peer Culture] (pp. 163-173)
ISBN : 9783531166834 | Publisher : VS Verlag | Published : Wiesbaden, Germany
The future of childhood: crisis, cyclical concern or accommodation? (2008-11)
Kehily, M.J.
In: Kehily, Mary Jane ed. An Introduction to Childhood Studies, 2nd edition.
ISBN : 9780335228706 | Publisher : Open University Press / McGraw Hill Education
Innocence and experience revisited (2008)
Kehily, M and Montgomery, H
In: Kehily, M ed. An Introduction to Childhood Studies, 2nd Edition
ISBN : 335228704 | Publisher : The Open University Press | Published : Maidenhead
Masculinities and humour (2007)
Kehily, Mary Jane
In: Flood, Michael; Gardiner, Judith Kegan; Pease, Bob and Pringle, Keith eds. International Encyclopedia of Men and Masculinities (pp. 320-321)
ISBN : 978-0-415-33343-6 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : London, UK
A cultural perspective (2007)
Kehily, Mary Jane
In: Kehily, Mary Jane ed. Understanding Youth: Perspectives, identities and practices (pp. 11-44)
ISBN : 9781412930642 | Publisher : Sage | Published : UK
Playing (2007)
Kehily, Mary Jane
In: Kehily, Mary Jane ed. Understanding Youth: Perspectives, identities and practices (pp. 249-282)
ISBN : 9781412930642 | Publisher : Sage | Published : UK
Education (2007)
Kehily, Mary Jane
In: Robb, Martin ed. Youth in Context: Frameworks, settings and encounters (pp. 155-184)
ISBN : 9781412930666 | Publisher : Sage | Published : UK
‘Lads and laughter’: humour and the production of heterosexual hierarchies (2006-07-13)
Kehily, Mary Jane and Nayak, Anoop
In: Arnot, Madeleine and Mac An Ghaill, Mairtin eds. The RoutledgeFalmer Reader in Gender and Education (pp. 131-146)
ISBN : 978-0-415-34576-7 | Publisher : Routledge/Falmer
The trouble with sex: sexuality and subjectivity in the lives of teenage girls (2005-04-04)
Kehily, Mary Jane
In: Lloyd, Gwynedd ed. Problem Girls: Understanding and Supporting Troubled and Troublesome Girls and Young Women
ISBN : 978-0-415-30314-9 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : London
Innocence and experience: a historical approach to childhood and sexuality (2004-06)
Kehily, Mary and Montgomery, Heather
In: Kehily, Mary Jane ed. An Introduction to childhood studies (pp. 57-74)
ISBN : 335212689 | Publisher : Open University Press/McGraw-Hill | Published : UK
Gender and sexuality: continuities and change for girls in school (2004)
Kehily, M.J.
In: Harris, Anita ed. All About the Girl: Culture, Power and Identity (pp. 205-218)
ISBN : 978-0-415-94700-8 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : New Yori
Understanding childhood: an introduction to some key themes and issues (2004)
Kehily, Mary Jane
In: Kehily, Mary Jane ed. An Introduction to Childhood Studies
ISBN : 9780335228706 | Publisher : Open University Press | Published : Maidenhead
Innocence and experience: a historical approach to childhood and sexuality (2004)
Kehily, Mary Jane and Montgomery, Heather
In: Kehily, M.J. ed. An Introduction to Childhood Studies
ISBN : 9780335228706 | Publisher : Open University Press/McGraw Hill | Published : Maidenhead
Memories of youth and interviewing young people: Reflections on young people’s understanding of drug use (2004)
Pattman, R. and Kehily, M. J.
In: Robinson, D.; Horrocks, C.; Kelly, N. and Roberts, B. eds. Narrative, Memory and Identity: Theoretical and Methodological Issues (pp. 67-75)
ISBN : 978-1862180499 | Publisher : University of Huddersfield Press
Consumption and creativity (2003-05)
Kehily, Mary
In: Kehily, Mary and Swann, Joan eds. Children’s Cultural Worlds
ISBN : 978-0-470-84694-0 | Publisher : Wiley/The Open University | Published : Chichester
Play and the cultures of childhood (2003-05)
Barnes, Peter and Kehily, Mary
In: Kehily, Mary and Swann, Joan eds. Children’s Cultural Worlds
ISBN : 978-0-470-84694-0 | Publisher : Wiley/Open University | Published : Chichester
Gender (2003-03-12)
Pattman, Rob and Kehily, Mary Jane
In: Fraser, Sandy; Lewis, Vicky; Ding, Sharon; Kellett, Mary and Robinson, Chris eds. Doing Research with Children and Young People
ISBN : 9780761943808 | Publisher : Sage/Open University
Youth cultures (2003)
Kehily, Mary Jane
In: Kehily, Mary Jane and Swann, Joan eds. Children’s Cultural Worlds
ISBN : 978-0-470-84694-0 | Publisher : Wiley
Issues of gender and sexuality in school (2002-01)
Kehily, Mary
In: Francis, Becky and Skelton, Christine eds. Investigating gender: contemporary perspectives in education
ISBN : 335207871 | Publisher : Open University Press | Published : Buckingham, UK
Innocence and experience (2002)
Kehily, Mary and Montgomery, Heather
In: Woodhead, Martin and Montgomery, Heather eds. Understanding Childhood: an Interdisciplinary Approach
ISBN : 978-0-470-84692-6 | Publisher : Wiley | Published : Chichester
'Learning to laugh?': a study of schoolboy humour in the English secondary school (2001-10-01)
Kehily, Mary and Nayak, Anoop
In: Martino, Wayne and Mayenn, Bob eds. What about the boys?: issues of masculinity in schools (pp. 110-123)
ISBN : 335206239 | Publisher : Open University Press | Published : Buckingham, UK
Youth Cultures in the Age of Global Media (2014-02-12)
Buckingham, David; Bragg, Sara and Kehily, Mary eds.
Studies in Childhood and Youth
ISBN : 9781137008145 | Publisher : Palgrave Macmillan | Published : Basingstoke
An Introduction to Childhood Studies (2008-11)
Kehily, Mary Jane ed.
ISBN : 9780335228706 | Publisher : Open University Press | Published : Maidenhead, UK
Wprowadzenie do badań nad dzieciństwem (2008)
Kehily, Mary Jane ed.
ISBN : 978-83-7505-081-3 | Publisher : Wydawnictwo | Published : Krakow, Poland
Understanding youth: Perspectives, identities and practices (2007)
Kehily, M.J. ed.
Youth: Perspectives and Practice
ISBN : 9781412930642 | Publisher : Sage/The Open University | Published : London
An Introduction to Childhood Studies (2004-06)
Kehily, Mary Jane ed.
ISBN : 9780335212682 | Publisher : Open University Press | Published : Maidenhead, UK
Children's Cultural Worlds (2003-05)
Kehily, Mary Jane and Swann, Joan eds.
Childhood
ISBN : 978-0-470-84694-0 | Publisher : John Wiley in association with the Open University | Published : Chichester, UK
The QLR 'workbook': A recursive approach to data generation (2010)
Hadfield, Lucy; Kehily, Mary Jane; Sharpe, Sue and Thomson, Rachel
In : Timescapes 2010: The craft of qualitative longitudinal research (20 January 2010, Cardiff School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University)
What is identity? A sociological perspective (2009)
Kehily, M. J.
In : ESRC Seminar Series: The educational and social impact of new technologies on young people in Britain (2 March 2009, London School of Economics, UK)
Acting up and acting out: encountering children in a longitudinal study of mothering (2009)
Hadfield, Lucy; Kehily, Mary Jane; Thomson, Rachel and Sharpe, Sue
In : 9th Conference of the European Sociological Association: European society or European societies (2-5 September 2009, Lisbon, Portugal)
Situations in a common culture: Interdisciplinary strategies for mapping modern motherhood (2009)
Kehily, M. J. and Thomson, R.
In : ESRC Research Seminar Series: Cross Cultural and Interdisciplinary Issues in Research on Motherhoods, Markets and Consumption (16 January 2009, Keele University)
Troubling reflexivity: The identity flows of teachers becoming mothers (2009)
Kehily, M. J. and Thomson, R.
In : Gender and Education International Conference: 'Gender: Regulation and Resistance in Education' (25-27 March 2009, Institute of Education, University of London)
Picturing motherhood (2008)
Kehily, M. J.
In : ESRC National Centre for Research Methods, 'Vital Signs' Conference (9-11 September 2008, University of Manchester)
Motherhood, class and education (2008)
Kehily, M. J.
In : Aspire Aimhigher South East London and London East Thames Gateway Aimhigher Annual Conference (26 June 2008, Kings College, London)
Global femininities: consumption, culture and the significance of place (2008)
Kehily, M. J. and Nayak, A.
In : American Educational Research Association Annual Conference (24-28 March 2008, New York)
Maternal subjectivities over time: The reconfiguration of generational and biographical resources (2008)
Thomson, R. and Kehily, M. J.
In : Subjectivity Conference: International Conference in Critical Psychology (27- 29 June 2008, Cardiff University)
Lads, chavs and pram-face girls: embodiment and emotion in working-class youth cultures (2008)
Kehily, Mary J. and Nayak, Anoop
In : Emotional Geographies of Education Symposium, Institute of Education (6 November 2008, University of London)
From the margins to the centre? Girlhood and the contradictions of femininity across three generations (2007)
Kehily, M. J.
In : Performative Health and body pedagogies: Every child matters? (10 September 2007, Loughborough University, UK)
The making of modern motherhoods: Memories, identities, practices (2007)
Kehily, M. J.
In : BIRTH: The Cultural Politics of Reproduction conference: Fatherhood seminar (6-7 March 2007, Lancaster University, UK)
The making of modern motherhoods: Experiences of consent, cleaning data and archiving (2007)
Hadfield, L. and Kehily, M. J.
In : Timescapes Residential Workshop (17-18 May 2007, London South Bank University)
Thinking intergenerationally (2005)
Thomson, R. and Kehily, M. J.
In : 7th Conference of European Sociological Association: Rethinking Inequalities (9-12 September 2005, Torun, Poland)
The making of modern motherhoods: cultural representations and lived practice (2005)
Kehily, M. J.
In : Gender and Education 5th International Conference (29-31 March 2005, Cardiff, UK)
The making of modern motherhoods (2005)
Thomson, R.; Kehily, M. J. and Hadfield, L.
In : British Sociological Association Family Studies Group Conference: Time Space and Family Practices (14-15 January 2005, Keele University, UK)

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