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Profile: Dr Naomi Holford

Dr Naomi Holford

About me

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 young people's identities and relationships, with a particular focus on relations of power, conflict and violence, in their broader institutional and social contexts.

At the OU, I teach on the Childhood and Youth qualifications. Most recently I developed the new module "Exploring childhood and youth" (E232), which looks at young people’s everyday lives across the world, covering issues like disability, climate change and food practices.


Dr Naomi Holford's research

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)

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