Sexual Reckonings: Southern Girls in a Troubling Age

Sexual Reckonings: Southern Girls in a Troubling Age

by Susan K. Cahn
     
 

This is the engaging tale of adolescent girls coming of age in the South during its most explosive decades. Focusing on the period from 1920 to 1960, Cahn reveals how both the life of the South and the meaning of adolescence underwent enormous political, economic, and social shifts, with the modern awareness of female sexuality clashing mightily against the white… See more details below

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This is the engaging tale of adolescent girls coming of age in the South during its most explosive decades. Focusing on the period from 1920 to 1960, Cahn reveals how both the life of the South and the meaning of adolescence underwent enormous political, economic, and social shifts, with the modern awareness of female sexuality clashing mightily against the white supremacist and patriarchal legacies of the old South.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674063938
Publisher:
Harvard
Publication date:
03/05/2012
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
977,491
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Scarlett Redux

1. "Holding Excitement in Their Hands": The Southern "Girl Problem"

2. Spirited Youth or Fiends Incarnate?

3. "Just as Much a Menace": Race and Sex Delinquency

4. "A Head Full of Diamonds": Fact, Fiction, and African American Girls' Sexuality

5. "Living in Hopes": An Economy of Desire

6. Sex, Science, and Eugenic Sterilization

7. The World War II Pickup Girl and Wartime Passions

8. School Days: Reading, 'Riting, 'Rithmetic, and Romance

9. Would Jesus Dance? The Dangerous Rhythms of Rock 'n' Roll

10. The Sexual Paradox of High School Desegregation

Conclusion: Sex, Memory, and the Segregated Past

Notes

Acknowledgments

Index

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