All about the girl culture power and identity

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All about the Girl: Culture, Power, and Identity by Anita Harris

This groundbreaking collection offers a complicated portrait of girls in the 21st Century. These are the riot grrls and the Spice Girls, the good girls and the bad girls who are creating their own girl culture and giving a whole new meaning to grrl power. Featuring provocative essays from leaders in the field like Michelle Fine, Angela McRobbie, Valerie Walkerdine, Nancy Lesko, Niobe Way and Deborah Tolman, this work brings to life the ever-changing identities of todays young women. The contributors cover all aspects of girlhood from around the world and strike upon such key areas as schooling, sexuality, popular culture and identity. This is new scholarship at its best.
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This chapter is based on work in progress, its tone is deliberately open-ended, and it quite consciously takes liberties with academic procedures by skimming the surface of popular cultural texts and commenting on observable social behaviors. It first proposes that through a complex array of machinations, elements of contemporary popular culture are perniciously effective in regard to the undoing of feminism; it then proposes that this is compounded by some dynamics in social theory which appear to be most engaged with, and hence relevant to, aspects of gender and social change; and finally it suggests that by means of the tropes of freedom and choice which are now inextricably connected with the category of young women, feminism is aged and made to seem redundant. Feminism is thus cast into the shadows, where at best it can expect to have some afterlife, and where at worst it might be regarded ambivalently by those young women who must in more public venues stake a distance from it, for the sake of social and sexual recognition. Let me start with the film Bridget Jones's Diary released ; my claim is that it marks the emergence of a new cultural norm, which can be understood in terms of postfeminism. Without attempting a full definition of this overused term, I propose instead a complexification of the backlash thesis which has.

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  1. This groundbreaking collection offers a complicated portrait of girls in the 21st Century. These are the riot grrls and the Spice Girls, the good girls and the bad.

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