Hair Bows and Uniforms: Entangled Politics in Children’s Everyday Lives



Official politics in children’s lives during socialism took various forms, ranging from school curriculum, youth organizations, and celebrations in everyday life. Drawing on current scholarship about children’s politics and our collective biography research, we explore the everydays of childhood—from mundane to ideological—to make visible the multiple ways in which our political agency emerged in particular spaces and times. Our memory stories are about hair bows as part of school uniform and the multiple roles they played in our being and becoming schoolgirls and political subjects. The emphasis is on how wearing (or not) a hair bow helped us work with/in or against the norms, as well as feeling the pain and desire to be or act otherwise.


Bow Hair Story Memory Collective Biography School Uniforms Official ideologyIdeology 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute for Advanced Social ResearchUniversity of TampereTampereFinland
  2. 2.Faculty of EducationUniversity of TampereTampereFinland
  3. 3.Mary Lou Fulton Teachers CollegeArizona State UniversityTempeUSA
  4. 4.Auburn UniversityAuburnUSA

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