Feminism and Youth Culture brings together eight separate essays written by Angela McRobbie (Zoot Suits and Second-Hand Dresses, 1989) over a period of over ten years. Various themes include the effect of sexual inequality on the everyday lives of working-class girls; the blindness of male sociologists to questions of gender; the pressure on teenage girls to achieve idealized expectations of femininity; the pleasure of teenage femininity; and the pain of poverty arising from teenage motherhood. Feminism and Youth Culture represents both a broad and a detailed approach to an area of study that has been marginalized in the existing sociology of youth.
Angela McRobbie lectures in sociology at Ealing College of Higher Education. Formerly at St. Martin's College of Art and Design, she is the editor of Zoot Suis and Second-Hand Dresses and a well-known critic and commentatotr of the contemporary scene.
"As originally published, McRobbie's volume was a landmark work for taking seriously the culture of girls, particularly working-class white girls in England." -- Gayle Wald, George Washington University/ Signs