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

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…  See more details below

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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.

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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 ix

Acknowledgments xi

Part 1 Setting the Scene

1 The Telling Case of GirlZone 1

2 Building a Youthquake 13

3 Representations of Girl Culture, Realities of Feminist Activism 37

Part 2 Literacy in Action: Complicating Feminist Designs

4 Founding Documents, Founding Feminisms 55

5 Circulations of a Feminist Pedagogy 79

6 Redesigning Girls' Image Stores 103

7 The Economics of Activism 127

Coda Success and Sustainability 149

Notes 155

Bibliography 183

Index 197

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