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Girlhood, Schools, and Media

Popular Discourses of the Achieving Girl

By Michele Paule

© 2017 – Routledge

222 pages | 9 B/W Illus.

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Description

This book explores the circulation and reception of popular discourses of achieving girlhood, and the ways in which girls themselves participate in such circulation. It examines the figure of the achieving girl within wider discourses of neoliberal self-management and post-feminist possibility, considering the tensions involved in being both successful and successfully feminine and the strategies and negotiations girls undertake to manage these tensions.

The work is grounded in an understanding of media, educational, and peer contexts for the production of the successful girl. It traces narratives across school, television and online in texts produced for and by girls, drawing on interviews with girls in schools, online forum participation (within the purpose-built site www.smartgirls.tv), and girls’ discussions of a range of teen dramas.

Table of Contents

Introduction

1. The future girl’s problem past

2. The achieving girl as the ideal subject

3. The Archaeology: sites and stories

4. Girls reading girl texts: genres, tropes and trajectories

5. The ‘Girls Work Hard’ Narrative

6. ‘Girls Hang Back’: Choice, complementarity and collaboration

Conclusion

About the Author

Michele Paule works as a Senior Lecturer in Media, Culture and Education, at Oxford Brookes University, UK. Her research interests focus on youth and gender in popular and educational contexts. She is currently engaged in researching youth and the gendering of leadership in across different European contexts.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
COM079000
COMPUTERS / Social Aspects / General
EDU038000
EDUCATION / Students & Student Life
SOC022000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Popular Culture
SOC028000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Women's Studies
SOC032000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Gender Studies
SOC052000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies