Girls, Feminism, and Grassroots Literacies: Activism in the GirlZone

Girls, Feminism, and Grassroots Literacies: Activism in the GirlZone

by Mary P. Sheridan-Rabideau
     
 

ISBN-10: 0791472973

ISBN-13: 9780791472972

Pub. Date: 01/10/2008

Publisher: State University of New York Press

Case study of the life of a feminist organization in a changing political and funding climate.

This book explores the rise and fall of a grassroots, girl-centered organization, GirlZone, which sought to make social change on a local level. Whether skateboarding or designing Web pages, celebrating in weekend “GrrrlFests” or producing a biweekly

Overview

Case study of the life of a feminist organization in a changing political and funding climate.

This book explores the rise and fall of a grassroots, girl-centered organization, GirlZone, which sought to make social change on a local level. Whether skateboarding or designing Web pages, celebrating in weekend “GrrrlFests” or producing a biweekly RadioGirl program, participants in GirlZone came to understand themselves as competent actors in a variety of activities they had previously thought were closed off to them. Drawing on six years of fieldwork examining GirlZone from its inception until its demise, Mary P. Sheridan-Rabideau offers insights on the current state of and study of literacy in the extracurriculum. She addresses how girls have become cultural flashpoints reflecting societal—and particularly feminist—anxieties and hopes about the present and the future. Sheridan-Rabideau does more than chronicle the pressure girls face; she offers advice on how feminists, cultural critics, and activists can effect social change on local levels, even in today’s increasingly globalized contexts.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791472972
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
01/10/2008
Series:
SUNY series in Feminist Criticism and Theory Series
Pages:
245
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments

Part One Setting the Scene

1. The Telling Case of GirlZone

2. Building a Youthquake

3. Representations of Girl Culture, Realities of Feminist Activism

Part Two Literacy in Action: Complicating Feminist Designs

4. Founding Documents, Founding Feminisms

5. Circulations of a Feminist Pedagogy

6. Redesigning Girls’ Image Stores

7. The Economics of Activism

Coda Success and Sustainability

Notes
Bibliography
Index

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