1. ‘The Revolution Will Be Led by a 12-Year-Old Girl’:1 Girl Power and Global Biopolitics.Rosalind Gill & Ofra Koffman - 2013 - Feminist Review 105 (1):83-102.
    This paper presents a poststructuralist, postcolonial and feminist interrogation of the ‘Girl Effect’. First coined by Nike inc, the ‘Girl Effect’ has become a key development discourse taken up by a wide range of governmental organisations, charities and nongovernmental organisations. At its heart is the idea that ‘girl power’ is the best way to lift the developing world out of poverty. As well as a policy discourse, the Girl Effect entails an address to Western girls. Through a range of online (...)
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    Children Having Children? Religion, Psychology and the Birth of the Teenage Pregnancy Problem.Ofra Koffman - 2012 - History of the Human Sciences 25 (1):119-134.
    This article presents a genealogical examination of the emergence of governmental concern with ‘children having children’, focusing on the work of the London County Council and local voluntary organizations in the 1950s and 1960s. The article explores the moral-Christian discourse shaping governmental work with ‘unwed mothers' and identifies the discursive shifts associated with the ascent of the problematization of ‘teenage motherhood’. It is argued that within the moral-Christian discourse, a woman’s subjectivity was delineated primarily according to her ‘character’ not her (...)
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    ‘A Healthier and More Hopeful Person’: Illegitimacy, Mental Disorder and the Improved Prognosis of the Adolescent Mother. [REVIEW]Ofra Koffman - 2015 - Journal of Medical Humanities 36 (2):113-126.
    This paper aims to contribute to the exploration of the shift from a problematisation of ‘unwed motherhood’ to ‘teenage motherhood’ in late twentieth century Britain. It does so by exploring the dominant social scientific understanding of ‘unwed mothers’ during the 1950s and 1960s which suggested that these women suffered from a psychological disorder. I then analyse the conceptualisation of ‘adolescent unwed mothers’ exploring why professionals deemed them to be less disturbed than older women in their predicament. This finding is discussed (...)
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