Gender, Youth and Culture: Young Masculinities and Femininities / Edition 1

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The question of how boys become men or how girls become women may seem simple, but the answers can be complex. This new edition draws upon rich examples from research, popular media, and global accounts, to explore how gender is produced, consumed, regulated and performed in young lives today.

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Editorial Reviews

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Praise for the second edition:
'A truly international text that reflects a global age of mediatised youth cultures. Accessible, challenging and entertaining – moving fluently between cutting edge theory and vivid ethnographic examples.' - Rachel Thomson, Professor of Childhood and Youth Studies, University of Sussex, UK
'Drawing on new and challenging ideas about embodiment, emotions and agency, this book provides a wonderfully rich source of material, from popular culture to interview data, to explore how we become who we are.' - Beverley Skeggs, Professor of Sociology, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK
Praise for the first edition: 
'This is an extremely well-written book: really clear and enjoyable to read...a vital text for undergraduate and postgraduate students of gender or youth studies, but also provides a comprehensive up-to-date compendium of research on gender and youth across the disciplines of sociology, education and geography, for the wider academic community.' - Sumi Hollingworth in Gender and Education

'Gender, Youth and Culture serves as an excellent example of how theoretical insights can be brought together with lived experience. The authors combine intellectually stimulating and challenging discussions with examples from young people's everyday lives. Extracts of conversations by young people are commonly used to illustrate complex theoretical arguments. This does not only mean that the theory becomes more accessible but it actually becomes even more relevant. I have to admit to being impressed by how successfully popular culture characters such as Ally McBeal and Carrie Bradshaw are combined with theorists such as Foucault and Derrida… It is difficult to find something major to criticize in this excellent production.' - Sofia Cele in Geografiska Annaler: Series B, Human Geography

'...a well-researched text about how gender is impacted in our new global, postindustrial society.' - Kerri Kanelos, Feminist Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781403949776
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 11/27/2007
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.16 (w) x 9.33 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

ANOOP NAYAK is Professor in Social and Cultural Geography at Newcastle University, UK. He is author of the critically acclaimed ethnography Race, Place and Globalisation: Youth Cultures in a Changing World and co-author of Geographical Thought: An Introduction to Thought and Ideas in Human Geography (with Alex Jeffrey).

MARY JANE KEHILY is Professor of Gender and Education at the Open University, UK. She is author of Sexuality, Gender and Schooling and co-author of Making Modern Mothers (with Rachel Thomson, Lucy Hadfield and Sue Sharpe).

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements     ix
Understanding Gender and Youth: Concepts, Theory and Action
Introducing Gender     3
Gender Practices     4
Constructions of Childhood and Youth     6
Playing with Gender     9
Youth and Youth Studies     11
Structure     16
Conclusion     18
Researching Gender: Towards Global Ethnographies     20
Risk and Individualization     21
Globalization and the Postcolonial     24
Methods and Approaches: Biographies, Global Ethnographies and Cultural Studies Analysis     28
Biographies     28
Global Ethnographies - Mobile Subjects and Objects     30
Cultural Studies Analysis     34
Gender Relations in Late-Modernity: Young Masculinities in Crisis     37
Young Masculinities in Crisis: Rethinking the Dominant Paradigm     38
Young Men and Labour Market Transitions     40
Inside-Out     42
Falling Down     45
The Limits of Crisis     49
Conclusion     50
Gender Relations in Late-Modernity: Young Femininities and the New Girl Order     52
Bedroom Cultures     54
Rave Cultures     56
Post-feminism and Active Girlhood     59
New Practices of Intimacy     62
Back to the Future? Contemporary Representations of New Femininities, Women and Girls     67
Gender Makeovers     70
Gender and Sexual Economics     73
Conclusion     75
Gender in a Global Context     76
Sexuality, Carnival and the Postcolonial Spectacle     77
Sex, Youth and Subculture     82
Local-Global Youth Cultures     86
Gender, Ethnicity and Ritual     90
Conclusion     94
Performing Gender and Youth: Production, Regulation and Consumption
Producing and Regulating Gender     97
Workplaces Reworked     98
Bodies, Affect, Emotion and the Anatomy of Labour     102
Neighbourhoods: Race, Class and Spaces of Production     105
Schooling and the State: The Production and Regulation of Sex and Gender     109
Informal Cultures: Teachers, Students and the Struggle for Gender Power     116
Conclusion     124
Consuming Gender     126
Understanding Consumption     127
Popular Culture and Consumption     131
Magazines, Gender and the Circuit of Culture     134
Virtual Youth: New Technologies, Electronic Media and Cyber-Feminism     142
Television, Fandom and Film     145
Consuming Locally and Globally     149
Music, Dance and the Cosmopolitan     152
Conclusion     156
Performing Gender     157
Queering Identities     157
Subversion     160
Regulation     168
Embodiment     174
Conclusion     180
Ending Gender?     182
Female Masculinity     185
Making and Faking Sex     191
Closing Remarks     194
References     199
Index     209
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