Girlhood: A Global History

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Girlhood, interdisciplinary and global in source, scope, and methodology, examines the centrality of girlhood in shaping women's lives. Scholars study how age and gender, along with a multitude of other identities, work together to influence the historical experience.

Spanning a broad time frame from 1750 to the present, essays illuminate the various continuities and differences in girls' lives across culture and region--girls on all continents except Antarctica are represented. Case studies and essays are arranged thematically to encourage comparisons between girls' experiences in diverse locales, and to assess how girls were affected by historical developments such as colonialism, political repression, war, modernization, shifts in labor markets, migrations, and the rise of consumer culture.

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Editorial Reviews

professor of American studies, University of California, Davis - Jay Mechling

"This volume presents fresh scholarship on the history of girls' cultures and will become an oft-cited, first important collection that helps define the burgeoning field of the history of children and youth."
Tilburg University/Leiden University, IRSCL online review - Helma Van Leirop

"Provides the field of girl-centered research with new insights, the most important being that the notion of girlhood is not uniform and fixed, but diverse and dynamic."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813547046
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press
  • Publication date: 4/15/2010
  • Series: Rutgers Series in Childhood Studies
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author


JENNIFER HELGREN is an assistant professor of history at University of the Pacific in Stockton, California.

COLLEEN A. VASCONCELLOS is an assistant professor at University of West Georgia.

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