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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 today's 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.
Anita Harris is Lecturer in Sociology at Monash University in Victoria, Australia. In 2000-2001, she was a Visiting Scholar at the City University of New York and an invited speaker at Birmingham University.
Acknowledgements Foreword Michelle Fine Introduction Anita Harris Part 1: Constructing Girlhoods in the Twenty-First Century 1. Notes on Post Feminism and Popular Culture: Bridget Jones and the new gender regime Angela McRobbie 2. Women, Girls, and the Unfinished Work of Connection: A critical review of American girls' studies Janie Victoria Ward and Beth Cooper Benjamin 3. Good Girls, Bad girls: Anglo-centrism and diversity in the constitution of contemporary girlhood Christine Griffin 4. From Badness to Meanness: Popular constructions of contemporary girlhood Meda Chesney-Lind and Katherine Irwin Part 2: Feminism for Girls 5. Feminism and Femininity: Or how we learned to stop worrying and love the thong Jennifer Baumgardner and Amy Richards 6. Girl Power Politics: Pop-culture barriers and organizational resistance Jessica Taft 7. Mythic Figures and Lived Identities: Locating the 'girl' in feminist discourse Jennifer Eisenhauer 8. 'I Don't See Feminists as You See Feminists': Young women negotiating feminism in contemporary Britain Madeleine Jowett Part 3: Sexualities 9. Pretty in Pink: Young women presenting mature sexual identities Kate Gleeson and Hannah Frith 10. Talking Sexuality Through an Insider's Lens: The Samoan experience Anne Marie Tupuola 11. Shifting Desires: Discourses of accountability in abstinence-only education in the US April Burns and Maria Elena Torre Part 4: Popular and Virtual Cultures 12. Where My Girls At? Black girls and the construction of the sexual Debbie Weekes 13. Spicy Strategies: Pop feminist and other empowerments in girl culture Bettina Fritzsche 14. Jamming Girl Culture: Young women and consumer citizenship Anita Harris 15. Girls' Web Sites: A virtual 'room of one's own?' Jacqueline Reid-Walsh and Claudia Mitchell Part 5: Schooling 16. Pleasures Within Reason: Teaching feminism and education Nancy Lesko and Antoinette Quarshie 17. Girls, Schooling and the Discourse of Self-Change: Negotiating meanings of the high school prom Amy L. Best 18. Gender and Sexuality: Continuities and change for girls in school Mary Jane Kehily Part 6: Research With and By Young Women 19. Colluding in 'Compulsory Heterosexuality?' Doing research with young women at school Kathryn Morris-Roberts 20. Speaking Back: Voices of young urban women of color using participatory action research to challenge and complicate representations of young women Caitlin Cahill and the 'Fed Up Honeys': Erica Arenas, Jennifer Contreras, Jiang Na, Indra Rios-Moore, and Tiffany Threatts 21. Beneath the Surface of Voice and Silence: Researching the home front Adreanne Ormond 22. Possible Selves and Pasteles: How a group of mothers and daughters took a London conference by storm Lori Lobenstine, Yasmin Pereira, Jenny Whitley, Jessica
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