All about the Girl: Culture, Power, and Identity

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Anita Harris
Psychology Press, 2004 - 280 pages
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.

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Contents

Women Girls and the Unfinished Work
15
Anglocentrism and Diversity
29
Popular Constructions
45
Or How
59
PopCulture Barriers
69
Young Women Negotiating Feminism
91
Where My Girls At? Black Girls and
141
Pop Feminist and Other
155
A Virtual Room of Ones Own?
173
Colluding in Compulsory Heterosexuality? Doing
219
Researching
243
Contributor Biographies
265

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About the author (2004)

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.

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