The Construction of Masculinities and Femininities in Beverly Hills, 90210

The Construction of Masculinities and Femininities in Beverly Hills, 90210

by Justin Charlebois

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Overview

This book draws on the concepts of hegemonic and nonhegemonic masculinities as well as emphasized and oppositional femininities to chronicle and illuminate the construction of gender in Beverly Hills, 90210. The book argues that not only delegitimized but also legitimated forms of masculinity and femininity require critical scrutiny and interrogation in order to expose the constructed nature of gender identities. Through an analysis of individual characters and specific episodes, the author demonstrates how the series presents certain characters as challenging normalized gender performances and the status quo. The program, however, ultimately reaffirms gender hegemony through portrayals of women and femininity as subordinate to men and masculinity. This book provides a sophisticated analysis of a popular series that established the teen television genre and thus serves as a cultural artifact.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780761858256
Publisher: UPA
Publication date: 10/16/2012
Pages: 162
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.92(h) x 0.43(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Justin Charlebois is assistant professor in the Department of Global Culture and Communication at Aichi Shukutoku University in Nagoya, Japan.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Theory and Methodology
Chapter 2: Dominant and Hegemonic Masculinities
Chapter 3: Dominant and Emphasized Femininities
Chapter 4: Dominant Oppositional Masculinities
Chapter 5: Subordinate Oppositional Femininities
Chapter 6: Conclusion

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