Trailer Park Royalty
Girlhood, Beauty Pageants, and Power: Trailer Park Royalty explores the phenomenon of child beauty pageants in rural communities throughout the American South. In a bricolage of post-structural feminism, critical ethnographies, critical hermeneutics, and cultural studies lenses, this book analyzes how the performance of participants—most from a lower socio-economic bracket—and the power exercised by beauty pageant culture work to formulate girls’ identities. Girlhood, Beauty Pageants, and Power also examines how depictions in popular culture through film, videos, documentaries, and television shows add to the dialogue. Author Elisabeth B. Thompson-Hardy suggests rural pageant culture works to create girlhood identity and shapes the way participants view the world and themselves—through intricate cultural work in terms of gender and class. This book is intended for students and teachers who are interested in dissecting rural girlhood and development, Southern American beauty standards, and the effect of the media on girls’ identities.
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- New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Oxford, Wien, 2018. XVI, 178 pp.
- About the author
- About the book
- Advance Praise for Girlhood, Beauty Pageants, and Power
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- Table of Contents
- Chapter One: Rural Beauty Pageant Culture, Girlhood, and Power
- Historical Roots of Beauty Pageants
- Pageant Community and Culture
- Beauty Pageants, Girlhood, and Social Class
- Girlhood Studies: A Brief Background
- Research Process
- Bricolage: Cultural Studies, Poststructural Feminism, and Poststructuralist Ethnography
- Chapter Two: Situating the Bricolage: Research and the Critical Tradition
- Curriculum Studies: Tying Schools and Culture
- Becoming a Bricoleur
- Theoretical Bricolage: Towards a Critical Approach
- Critical Epistemology
- Reaching a Critical Approach to Research
- Foucault: The Road to Poststructural Analysis of Power
- Critical Theory
- The Move to Postmodern Thinking
- Emancipation From Existing Power Structures
- Power, Knowledge, and Discipline
- The Power/Knowledge Relationship
- Time and Place: Docile Bodies
- Measuring Disciplinary Success
- Working Towards a Framework for Analysis
- Chapter Three: Bricolage: Cultural Studies, Poststructural Feminism, and Poststructuralist Ethnography
- The Road to Critical Ethnography
- Working Towards Interpretation: Critical Hermeneutics
- Continuing Interpretation: Post Structural Feminism
- Completing the Research Lens: Cultural Studies
- Common Ground: Making the Bricolage
- Validity and Credibility
- Chapter Four: Pageant Culture, Media, Social Class, and Power
- Media Influence: What Is a Pageant Girl?
- Social Status and Pageant Participation: What Motivates Participation?
- Opportunities of Future Success
- Pageants as Platform for Fortune and Prizes
- Pageants as a Ticket to Stardom
- Pageants as a Ticket to Class Mobility
- Pageants Provide Way to Live Up to Society’s Focus on Winners
- Pageants Provide Way to Improve Social and Economic Standing
- Pageants Elevate Social Status of Family
- Pageants Provide Proof of Beauty
- Pageants Offer Way to Play “Dress Up” and Be a Princess
- Pageants Make Winners Holders of Values or Ideals
- Pageants Provide Definition of Beauty in Terms of Race
- Pageants Create Moral Ideals
- Pageants Create Beauty Ideals
- Artifice and Transformation
- Pageants Are Vehicles for Developing Self-Esteem
- Pageants Instill Skills for Competition
- Successful Pageant Girls Often Seen as Superficial
- Pageants Can Be a Rite of Passage
- Chapter Five: Conclusions and Directions for Future Study
- Change as a Choice
- Acknowledgement of Power Operations
- Causing Change in Structures of Discipline
- Future Research
- Reflections on Findings
- Final Thoughts
- Series Index
It is with heartfelt gratefulness and thanks that I acknowledge the people who supported me on this arduous journey into the world of child beauty pageants.
Dr. William Reynolds has been a guide in matters of education and career. Thank you for being my mentor and friend. I owe a debt of gratitude to you for leading me to this topic and agreeing to be my chair, only if I delved into the beauty pageant subculture! You had no idea what you were asking for.
Dr. Shirley R. Steinberg has contributed increased insight, constant and much needed guidance, editorial direction, encouragement, and excitement throughout this entire project. All of this stemmed from a “chance” conversation in a receiving line at Georgia Southern in 2003. Nothing happens by accident and I am so thankful that my plan included our meeting.←xi | xii→ ←xii | xiii→
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