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Mediated Girlhoods

New Explorations of Girls’ Media Culture


Edited By Mary Celeste Kearney

Mediated Girlhoods: New Explorations of Girls’ Media Culture is the first anthology devoted specifically to scholarship on girls’ media culture. Taking a cultural studies approach, it includes analyses of girls’ media representations, media consumption, and media production. The book responds to criticisms of previous research in the field by including studies of girls who are not white, middle-class, heterosexual, or Western, while also including historical research. Approaching girlhood, media, and methodology broadly, Mediated Girlhoods contains studies of previously unexplored topics, such as feminist themes in teen magazines, girlmade memory books, country girlhoods, girls’ self-branding on YouTube, and the surveillance of girls via new media technologies. The volume serves as a companion to Mediated Boyhoods: Boys, Teens, and Young Men in Popular Media and Culture, edited by Annette Wannamaker.


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Acknowledgments ix


This book would have never materialized without the generous support and passionate commitment of several individuals. In particular, my heartfelt gratitude goes to Sharon R. Mazzarella, who gave me the opportunity to edit this collection, and to Morgan Blue, whose copyediting skills are nothing less than meticulous. I feel very fortunate to have worked on this project with both of them. Indeed, my role as editor allowed me to have regular interactions with, on the one hand, a leader in girls’ media studies today and, on the other, a Ph.D. student whose research on girls’ cinema is sure to enrich that subarea of our field. My thanks also to all of the authors whose work appears here for their in- sightful and creative thinking as well as their patience with me during the editing process. It has been an honor working with each of them. Their interests in and commitment to female youth and girls’ media culture are truly infectious, and their scholarship is bound to push both critical thinking and public discourse about girls, girlhood, and girls’ culture in exciting new directions. I am grateful as well for my partner, Michael Kackman, whose nightly insistence that I shut down my computer and join him on the couch for some quality TV and a wee dram surely improved my editorial abilities during the day. Finally, a very special thanks to all the girls and women who participated in the various ethnographic studies included in this collection. By sharing their thoughts,...

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