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The Company She Keeps: An Ethnography of Girls' Friendship

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This lively and revealing study explores a sociologically invisible but important social relationship: girls' friendship. It uncovers often suppressed schoolgirl cultures, at times representing in their most condensed and dramatic form issues of intimacy, secrecy and struggle. Most women have memories of, and most mothers of young daughters become re-immersed in, these all-consuming but little understood passions. This taken-for-granted 'ordinary' relationship is examined using girls' notes, talk, diaries and ...
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Overview

This lively and revealing study explores a sociologically invisible but important social relationship: girls' friendship. It uncovers often suppressed schoolgirl cultures, at times representing in their most condensed and dramatic form issues of intimacy, secrecy and struggle. Most women have memories of, and most mothers of young daughters become re-immersed in, these all-consuming but little understood passions. This taken-for-granted 'ordinary' relationship is examined using girls' notes, talk, diaries and interviews gathered by observing girls' groups within city schools. An important and previously ignored question is addressed by examining how girls' intimacy is structured through class, gender, sexuality and race, especially its paradoxical role in maintaining and challenging 'compulsory heterosexuality'. In this way, a series of case studies analyses how girls variously come to understand and construct 'difference'. In addition, this detailed analysis of girls' friendship contributes to our understanding of how girls simultaneously survive their schools, their families, their relations and subordination to boys and men.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780335194063
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 2/28/1997
  • Pages: 178
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Foreword
Ch. 1 'Grandiose revelations of the obvious': themes of girls' friendships 1
Ch. 2 Re/theorizing culture: girl subjects and girls' subjectivities 22
Ch. 3 Learning your place: researching into girls' friendships 38
Ch. 4 Middle-class girls managing their differences 55
Ch. 5 Cultural practices of friendship amongst white working-class girls 68
Ch. 6 'Hyper femininity revisited': a working-class girls' heterosexual education 87
Ch. 7 Young, gifted and white: middle-class femininities 105
Ch. 8 Girls' cultural and social identities and the construction of hegemony 122
Epilogue 143
References 146
Index 158
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