Teenage Girls and Their Avatars in Spaces of Social Online Communication
This book provides guidance for educators and researchers interested in the social construction of identity in an increasingly visual world, and will be valuable in courses ranging from literacy studies, media education, cultural studies, youth studies, educational research, teacher education, and popular culture to feminist, gender studies, and women’s studies courses.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements vii 1. Introduction 1 2. Avatars, Identity and Autobiography: A Theoretical Perspective 18 3. Making a WeeMee One Click at a Time 59 4. The Girls and Their Avatars: Who Do They Think They Are? 89 5. That’s Not Who I Am Today: Making and Remaking Identity 117 6. I Can’t Find a Thing to Wear! The Pressure to Look Cool 145 7. “Just a second of your life represented.” What Avatars Can and Cannot Do 169 8. DIY: Making Avatars in English Class 199 References 231 Index 241
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