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.
Acknowledgements This book was written while juggling the final stages of my doctoral studies, teaching at Memorial University’s Faculty of Education and being a mom to my three daughters. While these separate directions in my life might appear to be at odds with each other – in reality, they have served to ground, give perspective and motivate each other. I couldn’t exist any other way. What is presented here is a version of my doctoral work. It is a look at how creating a cartoon self image can also be understood as visual autobiography. It’s about girlhood identity and the social implications of online representation. It was Dr. Ursula Kelly, my doctoral supervisor, mentor and friend who first encouraged me to submit a proposal for this book. Those who know Ursula will know how profoundly she changes lives and how her support can inspire hope and possibility. Her careful and thoughtful guidance has made this journey possible. Even though writing a book and a thesis simultaneously is a little out of the ordinary, Colin Lankshear and Michele Knobel believed it could be done. They helped me to transform my dissertation language into something more approachable. For their unwavering support and advice through the writing and revision of this book, I am both grateful and indebted. I thank Kathryn Currin for her careful reading of the manuscript. Kat proves that it is possible for teachers to learn from their former students. Sophie Appel at Peter Lang has provided production support and an...
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