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Jordal, M., Griffin, G. & Sigurjonsson, H. (2019). 'I want what every other woman has': reasons for wanting clitoral reconstructive surgery after female genital cutting – a qualitative study from Sweden. Culture, Health and Sexuality, 21(6), 701-716
Open this publication in new window or tab >>'I want what every other woman has': reasons for wanting clitoral reconstructive surgery after female genital cutting – a qualitative study from Sweden
2019 (English)In: Culture, Health and Sexuality, ISSN 1369-1058, E-ISSN 1464-5351, Vol. 21, no 6, p. 701-716Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Female genital cutting (FGC) involves the removal of women's external genitalia for non-therapeutic reasons. An estimated 38,000 women living in Sweden have undergone some form of the procedure. These women often belong to marginalised minorities of immigrant women from countries where FGC is widespread. Clitoral reconstructive surgery following FGC has recently been introduced in Sweden. This study investigates women's perceptions of FGC and clitoral reconstructive surgery with a particular focus on: (1) reasons for requesting reconstructive surgery, and (2) FGC-affected women's expectations of the surgery. Seventeen women referred for clitoral reconstructive surgery at the Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Karolinska University Hospital, Stockholm, participated in the study. Findings revealed five factors motivating women's request for clitoral reconstruction (CR): (1) symbolic restitution - undoing the harm of FGC; (2) repairing the visible stigma of FGC; (3) improving sex and intimacy through physical, aesthetic and symbolic recovery; (4) eliminating physical pain; (5) and CR as a personal project offering hope. These factors were highly interconnected, suggesting that the reasons for seeking surgery were often multiple and complex.

Keywords
Female genital mutilation, Sweden, clitoral reconstruction, female circumcision, female genital cutting
National Category
Gender Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-368633 (URN)10.1080/13691058.2018.1510980 (DOI)000467733900006 ()30345886 (PubMedID)
Available from: 2018-12-06 Created: 2018-12-06 Last updated: 2019-06-19Bibliographically approved
Griffin, G. & Jordal, M. (Eds.). (2018). Body, Migration, Re/Constructive Surgery: Making the Gendered Body in a Globalized World. London: Routledge
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Body, Migration, Re/Constructive Surgery: Making the Gendered Body in a Globalized World
2018 (English)Collection (editor) (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
London: Routledge, 2018. p. 295
Series
Routledge Research in Gender and Society
Keywords
re/constructive surgery, FGC, clitoral reconstruction, hymen reconstruction, trans surgery
National Category
Surgery
Research subject
Gender Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-365787 (URN)978-0-8153-5419-2 (ISBN)
Available from: 2018-11-13 Created: 2018-11-13 Last updated: 2019-04-24Bibliographically approved
Nyarango, M. & Griffin, G. (2018). Circumsizing the mind, reconstructing the body: Contextualizing genital reconstructive surgery in Burkina Faso. In: Gabriele Griffin and Malin Jordal (Ed.), Body, Migration, Re/Constructive Surgery: Making the Gendered Body in a Globalized World (pp. 121-139). London: Routledge
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Circumsizing the mind, reconstructing the body: Contextualizing genital reconstructive surgery in Burkina Faso
2018 (English)In: Body, Migration, Re/Constructive Surgery: Making the Gendered Body in a Globalized World / [ed] Gabriele Griffin and Malin Jordal, London: Routledge, 2018, p. 121-139Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Burkina Faso is one African country that offers reconstructive surgery for circumcised women. 1 Burkinabe government officials, ‘Afropolitan’ health professionals and activists opposing ‘female genital mutilation’ portray these practices as inevitably causing grave problems for women. This message has been largely accepted and is reproduced in urban Burkina Faso. Based on fieldwork in Burkina Faso by the first author, we argue that as currently conceptualized, this official discourse re-victimizes circumcised women by redefining what is natural, healthy, desirable, sexually attractive and marriageable. Yet, as we shall suggest, reconstructive surgery is not readily accessible, successful or, indeed, endorsed. Nonetheless, some Burkinabe women seem to have found a space of fulfilment in their adoption of a worldview which combines Raëlian values, traditional Burkinabe ideals, feminist and other discourses.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
London: Routledge, 2018
Series
Routledge Research in Gender and Society
Keywords
FGC, reconstructive surgery
National Category
Gender Studies
Research subject
Gender Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-365791 (URN)10.4324/9781351133678 (DOI)000461893900008 ()978-0-8153-5419-2 (ISBN)9781351133661 (ISBN)
Available from: 2018-11-13 Created: 2018-11-13 Last updated: 2019-04-11Bibliographically approved
Jordal, M. & Griffin, G. (2018). Clitoral Reconstruction: Understanding Changing Gendered Health Care Needs in a Globalized Europe. The European Journal of Women's Studies, 25(2), 154-167
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Clitoral Reconstruction: Understanding Changing Gendered Health Care Needs in a Globalized Europe
2018 (English)In: The European Journal of Women's Studies, ISSN 1350-5068, E-ISSN 1461-7420, Vol. 25, no 2, p. 154-167Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The migratory flows of recent decades that have exercised Europe as a socio-political and economic entity have produced extensive responses and interventions from European gender scholars. One relatively recent phenomenon in this context is the question of reparative surgical interventions, specifically clitoral reconstruction, in cases where women who have migrated to Europe have experienced female genital cutting. Clitoral reconstruction, which this article begins to explore, is recent in part because the related surgery was only established in the 1990s and is to date only practised in a few European countries, and in part because the research with women who ask for and have undergone such surgery has also only recently begun. This article is therefore an initial attempt to map some of the related terrain and to suggest further work that needs to be done in this increasingly important area.

Keywords
Clitoral reconstruction (CR), female genital cutting (FGC), gendered health care, migration, minority rights
National Category
Gender Studies
Research subject
Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-339949 (URN)10.1177/1350506817742679 (DOI)000437324700003 ()
Available from: 2018-01-24 Created: 2018-01-24 Last updated: 2019-06-27Bibliographically approved
Griffin, G. & Hayler, M. S. (2018). Collaboration in Digital Humanities Research - Persisting Silences. Digital Humanities Quarterly, 12(1), Article ID UNSP 000351.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Collaboration in Digital Humanities Research - Persisting Silences
2018 (English)In: Digital Humanities Quarterly, ISSN 1938-4122, E-ISSN 1938-4122, Vol. 12, no 1, article id UNSP 000351Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Collaboration has become a hallmark of Digital Humanities (DH) research. Nonetheless it remains under-discussed and for those not deeply engaged in DH a bit of a mystery. Drawing on recent DH work and publications that engage with questions of DH collaboration in different ways (e.g. [Deegan and McCarthy] [Griffin and Hayler 2016] [Hayler and Griffin 2016]), we analyse three types of DH collaboration: 1) human-human interactions; 2) human-machine/material interactions; and 3) machine/material-machine/material interactions. We argue that engagement with collaboration processes and practices enables us to think through how DH tools and practices reinforce, resist, shape, and encode material realities which both pre-exist, and are co-produced by them. We suggest that understanding these entanglements facilitates a critical DH in which academic hierarchies and disciplinary preconceptions are challenged.

National Category
Human Computer Interaction
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-376838 (URN)000456651100002 ()
Funder
NordForsk, 81520
Available from: 2019-02-12 Created: 2019-02-12 Last updated: 2019-02-12Bibliographically approved
Griffin, G. (2018). Ein Schuss Energie oder ein Schuss ins Knie?: Geschlechterwissen in der unternehmerischen Universitaet aus britischer Sicht. In: Sabine Kark und Johanna Hofbauer (Ed.), Vermessene Raeume, gespannte Beziehungen: Unternehmerische Universitaeten und Geschlechterdynamiken (pp. 71-100). Berlin: Suhrkamp
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Ein Schuss Energie oder ein Schuss ins Knie?: Geschlechterwissen in der unternehmerischen Universitaet aus britischer Sicht
2018 (German)In: Vermessene Raeume, gespannte Beziehungen: Unternehmerische Universitaeten und Geschlechterdynamiken / [ed] Sabine Kark und Johanna Hofbauer, Berlin: Suhrkamp, 2018, p. 71-100Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Berlin: Suhrkamp, 2018
Keywords
unternehmerische Universität, REF, Gender Studies
National Category
Gender Studies
Research subject
Gender Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-369555 (URN)978-3-518-29844-2 (ISBN)
Available from: 2018-12-14 Created: 2018-12-14 Last updated: 2019-03-27Bibliographically approved
Griffin, G. (2018). Förändras tillsammans: Moderskap och utveckling i Deborah Levys Hot Milk. In: Margaretha Fahlgren; Anna Williams (Ed.), Mamma hursomhelst: Berättelser om moderskap (pp. 228-236). Halmstad: Gidlunds förlag
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Förändras tillsammans: Moderskap och utveckling i Deborah Levys Hot Milk
2018 (Swedish)In: Mamma hursomhelst: Berättelser om moderskap / [ed] Margaretha Fahlgren; Anna Williams, Halmstad: Gidlunds förlag, 2018, p. 228-236Chapter in book (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Halmstad: Gidlunds förlag, 2018
Keywords
motherhood, mother-daughter relations, attachment, mutual dependency
National Category
Other Social Sciences
Research subject
Gender Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-365793 (URN)9789178449958 (ISBN)
Available from: 2018-11-13 Created: 2018-11-13 Last updated: 2019-04-04Bibliographically approved
Griffin, G. & Jordal, M. (2018). Introduction. In: Griffin, G Jordal, M (Ed.), BODY, MIGRATION, RE/CONSTRUCTIVE SURGERIES: MAKING THE GENDERED BODY IN A GLOBALIZED WORLD. Paper presented at Conference on Routes to Reconstruction - The Sociocultural Dimensions of Emerging Healthcare Needs in a Globalized Europe, MAY, 2017, Uppsala, SWEDEN (pp. 1-16). ROUTLEDGE
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Introduction
2018 (English)In: BODY, MIGRATION, RE/CONSTRUCTIVE SURGERIES: MAKING THE GENDERED BODY IN A GLOBALIZED WORLD / [ed] Griffin, G Jordal, M, ROUTLEDGE , 2018, p. 1-16Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Body modification, self- or other-administered, invasive or non-invasive, lasting or temporary, has a long history and is conducted in many cultures and contexts. Advances in biotechnology, surgical techniques, opportunities for intervention and the rapid expansion of social media and their use have thus to some extent foregrounded and 'normalized' public discussions on body modification. Migration as the accompaniment of bodily intervention has been particularly relevant to women at whom many practices concerning bodily interventions are directed, not least in the context of genital re/constructive surgery. Both in the American and in the European contexts, 'medical necessity' as opposed to 'elective' or aesthetic bodily interventions is a key distinction that has been taken up extensively in the context of re/constructive surgery. Gender reassignment surgery involves the construction of embodied gender identities that either augment or establish the patient's preferred gender. The chapter also presents an overview of the key concepts discussed in this book.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
ROUTLEDGE, 2018
Series
Routledge research in gender and society
National Category
Gender Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-381528 (URN)10.4324/9781351133678 (DOI)000461893900001 ()9781351133661 (ISBN)9780815354192 (ISBN)
Conference
Conference on Routes to Reconstruction - The Sociocultural Dimensions of Emerging Healthcare Needs in a Globalized Europe, MAY, 2017, Uppsala, SWEDEN
Available from: 2019-04-11 Created: 2019-04-11 Last updated: 2019-04-11Bibliographically approved
Leibetseder, D. & Griffin, G. (2018). Introduction: Queer and Trans Reproduction with Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART), in Europe. Journal of International Women's Studies, 20(1), 1-9
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Introduction: Queer and Trans Reproduction with Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART), in Europe
2018 (English)In: Journal of International Women's Studies, ISSN 1539-8706, E-ISSN 1539-8706, Vol. 20, no 1, p. 1-9Article in journal, Editorial material (Refereed) Published
Keywords
Queer, Trans, Reproduction, Assisted Reproductive Technologies
National Category
Gender Studies
Research subject
Gender Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-372110 (URN)
Funder
EU, Horizon 2020, 749218
Available from: 2019-01-05 Created: 2019-01-05 Last updated: 2019-01-16Bibliographically approved
Griffin, G. (2018). "It's not just a matter of speaking...": the vicissitudes of cross-cultural interviewing. QUALITATIVE RESEARCH JOURNAL, 18(2), 105-114
Open this publication in new window or tab >>"It's not just a matter of speaking...": the vicissitudes of cross-cultural interviewing
2018 (English)In: QUALITATIVE RESEARCH JOURNAL, ISSN 1443-9883, Vol. 18, no 2, p. 105-114Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose - In "Can the subaltern speak?," Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak makes the important distinction between representation as "Vertretung" and "Darstellung." She also produces a strong version of whom she regards as a subaltern woman. Thirty years on both the distinction between "Vertretung" and "Darstellung" and the question of who the subaltern woman is, remain extremely important, not least in methodological considerations in cross-cultural contexts. A number of questions may be asked in relation to representation, such as: how distinct are its two meanings in the interviewing context? And how do they relate to the notion of the co-production of knowledge which has gained such traction in the past three decades? The paper aims to discuss these issues.

Design/methodology/approach - In this paper, I draw on cross-cultural interviewing experiences. Starting from the silence of illiterate rural women in a study conducted in Madhya Pradesh, India, in 2011 (Mohanraj), this paper draws on the research experiences of the author and a number of projects reported on in Cross-Cultural Interviewing (Griffin, 2016) to elucidate how one might re-think both representation and subalternality in the contemporary globalized context.

Findings - The experiences of cross-cultural interviewing I draw on in this paper show that in the contemporary context subalternality may be more productively understood in terms of a continuum rather than as the radical state of unreachable, unspeaking alterity that Spivak proposes.

Originality/value - The paper contributes new perspectives on Spivak's notion of the unspeaking alterity of the subaltern in light of globalized developments over the past 30 years and specific experiences of cross-cultural interviewing, as these comment on Spivak's insights.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
EMERALD GROUP PUBLISHING LTD, 2018
Keywords
Representation, Cross-cultural, Feminist methodology, Co-production of knowledge, Cross-cultural interviewing, Gayatri Spivak, Subalternality
National Category
Cultural Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-356333 (URN)10.1108/QRJ-D-17-00050 (DOI)000432187000004 ()
Available from: 2018-07-24 Created: 2018-07-24 Last updated: 2018-07-24Bibliographically approved
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