Barbie Culture / Edition 1

Barbie Culture / Edition 1

by Mary F. Rogers
     
 

ISBN-10: 0761958886

ISBN-13: 2900761958887

Pub. Date: 02/02/1999

Publisher: SAGE Publications

This book uses one of the most popular accessories of childhood, the Barbie doll, to explain key aspects of cultural meaning.

Some readings would see Barbie as reproducing ethnicity and gender in a particularly coarse and damaging way - a cultural icon of racism and sexism. Rogers develops a broader, more challenging picture. She shows how the cultural meaning of

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Overview

This book uses one of the most popular accessories of childhood, the Barbie doll, to explain key aspects of cultural meaning.

Some readings would see Barbie as reproducing ethnicity and gender in a particularly coarse and damaging way - a cultural icon of racism and sexism. Rogers develops a broader, more challenging picture. She shows how the cultural meaning of Barbie is more ambiguous than the narrow, appearance-dominated model that is attributed to the doll. For a start, Barbie's sexual identity is not clear-cut. Similarly her class situation is ambiguous. But all interpretations agree that, with her enormous range of lifestyle 'accessories', Barbie exists to consume. Her body is the perfect metaphor of modern times: plastic, st

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900761958887
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Publication date:
02/02/1999
Series:
Cultural Icons Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
184

Table of Contents

Introduction
Emphatic Femininity
(Hetero)Sexuality and Race in Barbie's World
Challenged Childhood and Youthful Consumption
The Making of an Icon
Plastic Bodies
Plastic Selves

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