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Dr Penny Tinkler - research

Research interests

Specific research interests:

Keywords: Gender History, Girlhood, Young women, Visual Culture, Consumption, Visual Methods, Photography, Smoking, Girls’ Magazines, PhD Examination.

Smoking – I am interested in the processes whereby smoking has become established as a feminine practice in Britain since 1880. See my book, Smoke Signals: Women, Smoking and Visual Culture in Britain (Berg, 2006). 

Girlhood and growing up in twentieth-century Britain - I have written extensively on girls’ leisure, consumption, education and citizenship 1900-50, and published a book on teenage magazines and the cultural construction of girlhood - Constructing Girlhood: popular magazines for girls growing up in England, 1920-50 (Taylor & Francis, 1995).I am now extending my gender research into the 1950s and 1960s; this is an under-researched period, but one which is widely regarded by sociologists and historians as pivotal in the formation of late-modern gender and age identities and relations. In 2009-11, I co-hosted an ESRC seminar series on girls/women in the 1950s -

Photographs and historical enquiry – I am interested in the use of photographs to explore sociological questions about the present and past. See my new book - Using Photographs in Social and Historical Research (Sage 2013) - 

Doctoral examination process - With Prof. Carolyn Jackson at Lancaster University, I have undertaken research on policies, practices, perceptions and experiences pertaining to the PhD examination process in Britain. See our book - The PhD Examination Process: A Handbook for Students, Examiners and Supervisors (Open University Press, 2004) 

Current research projects:

1. Girls and young women in Britain 1950-1970.  2. Photographic practices 1900-present.