The Construction of Masculinities and Femininities in Beverly Hills, 90210

The Construction of Masculinities and Femininities in Beverly Hills, 90210

By: Justin Charlebois (author)Paperback

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This book draws on the concepts of hegemonic and nonhegemonic masculinities as well as emphasized and oppositional femininities to chronicle and illuminate the construction of gender in Beverly Hills, 90210. The book argues that not only delegitimized but also legitimated forms of masculinity and femininity require critical scrutiny and interrogation in order to expose the constructed nature of gender identities. Through an analysis of individual characters and specific episodes, the author demonstrates how the series presents certain characters as challenging normalized gender performances and the status quo. The program, however, ultimately reaffirms gender hegemony through portrayals of women and femininity as subordinate to men and masculinity. This book provides a sophisticated analysis of a popular series that established the teen television genre and thus serves as a cultural artifact.

About Author

Justin Charlebois is assistant professor in the Department of Global Culture and Communication at Aichi Shukutoku University in Nagoya, Japan.


Chapter 1: Theory and Methodology Chapter 2: Dominant and Hegemonic Masculinities Chapter 3: Dominant and Emphasized Femininities Chapter 4: Dominant Oppositional Masculinities Chapter 5: Subordinate Oppositional Femininities Chapter 6: Conclusion

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780761858256
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 162
  • ID: 9780761858256
  • weight: 245
  • ISBN10: 0761858253

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