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Dr Naomi Holford's OpenLearn Profile
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Dr Naomi Holford
My broad research interests fall within sociology, in the area of gender, sexuality and class in childhood and youth, across different age ranges from the early years to teenagers. I work with queer and feminist perspectives to explore the making of gendered/sexual subjectivities and relationships, with a particular focus on relations of power, conflict and violence, in their broader institutional and social contexts. My ESRC-funded doctoral research focused on gender and power in teenage heterosexual relationship cultures, including issues of control, coercion and abuse. I explored these in relation to middle-class 14-16 year olds' experiences and identities, with a particular interest in the intersections of class, age, gender and sexuality. I was also recently principal researcher on an ethnographic research project with Emma Renold (Cardiff University) and Tuija Huuki (University of Oulu), exploring gender, power and conflict in young children's peer cultures (age 5-6), affiliated with the EU ALLiES project (Teachers' and Parents' Alliance for Early Violence Prevention in Preschool), funded under the DAPHNE III programme.
I am currently working as part of teams developing new modules on the Childhood and Youth qualifications, and am chair of the presentation of E212 (Childhood), an interdisciplinary and internationally-focussed second level module.
Naomi Holford (2019-05) Gendered emotion work and the micro-practices of heterosexuality: Two middle-class teenage partner relationships, In Women's Studies International Forum(74)
Naomi Holford (2015) Lost innocence? The sexualization of childhood, Open University Press
Naomi Holford (2015) Gender and sexuality, The Open University
Naomi Holford (2015) Transitions to adulthood, The Open University
Naomi Holford, Emma Renold and Tuija Huuki (2013) What (else) can a kiss do? Theorizing the power plays in young children’s sexual cultures, In Sexualities 5-6(16)