Seven Going on Seventeen: Tween Studies in the Culture of Girlhood

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The tween is the "new girl on the block" in girlhood studies. Although the study of tween life may have derived from a particular marketing orientation at the end of the twentieth century, it is not limited by it. On the contrary, this collection of essays shows that "tween" is not a simple or unified concept, nor is it limited to a certain class of girls in a few countries. This collection by an international group of authors highlights specific methodologies for working with (and studying) tween-age girls, provides challenges to the presumed innocence of girlhood, and engages in an analysis of marketing in relation to girlhood. In so doing, this book offers a reading on these three or four years in a girl's life that suggests that this period is as fascinating as the teen years, and as generative in its implications for girlhood studies as studies of both younger and adolescent girls.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780820467719
  • Publisher: Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/1/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Theorizing tween culture within girlhood studies 1
Ch. 2 Tween social and biological reproduction : early puberty in girls 25
Ch. 3 From nerd to popular? : re-figuring school identities and transformation stories 46
Ch. 4 Video girls : between changing exploratory behavior and self-authorization 63
Ch. 5 Memory-work as a (be)tween research method : the beauty, the splendor, the wonder of my hair 79
Ch. 6 Reading Elisabeth's girlhood : history and popular culture at work in the subjectivity of a tween 95
Ch. 7 Mirrors and windows : re-reading South African girlhoods as strategies of selfhood 117
Ch. 8 Reclaiming girlhood : understanding the lives of Balkishori in Mumbai 135
Ch. 9 "I do know who I am" : writing, consciousness, and reflection 148
Ch. 10 "Show me the panties" : girls play games in the school ground 163
Ch. 11 Tween worlds : race, gender, age, identity, and violence 173
Ch. 12 "Losers, Lolitas, and lesbos" : visualizing girlhood 191
Ch. 13 In a girlie world : tweenies in Australia 209
Ch. 14 Girl-doll : Barbie as puberty manual 224
Ch. 15 Consuming Hello kitty : tween icon, sexy cute, and the changing meaning of 'girlhood' 242
Ch. 16 Mediated consumption and fashionable selves : tween girls, fashion magazines, and shopping 257
Ch. 17 Constructing the digital tween : market discourse and girls' interests 278
Ch. 18 Imported girl fighters : ripeness and leakage in Sailor moon 294
Ch. 19 Re-imagining girlhood : Hollywood and the tween girl film market 311
Ch. 20 The consumption chronicles : tales from suburban Canadian tweens in the 1980s 330
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