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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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Contributors Sarah Baker is a Lecturer in Cultural Sociology at Griffith University, Australia. She has held research fellowships at The Open University and University of Leeds, UK, and the University of South Australia. She is the author of numerous refereed journal articles on the cultural practices of pre-teen girls and young adults and is co-author, with David Hesmondhalgh, of Creative Labour: Media Work in Three Cultural Industries (Routledge, 2010). Sarah Banet-Weiser is an Associate Professor in the Annenberg School for Com- munication and the Department of American Studies and Ethnicity at the Uni- versity of Southern California. She is the author of The Most Beautiful Girl in the World: Beauty Pageants and National Identity (University of California Press, 1999) and Kids Rule! Nickelodeon and Consumer Citizenship (Duke University Press, 2007), and co-editor of Cable Visions: Television Beyond Broadcasting (New York University Press, 2007). She has published articles in Critical Studies in Me- dia Communication, Feminist Theory, and the International Journal of Communi- cation, among others, and her book, Authentic™: Political Possibility in a Brand Culture, is forthcoming in 2011 from New York University Press. Catherine Driscoll is an Associate Professor of Gender and Cultural Studies and the Associate Dean for Research (Faculty of Arts) at the University of Sydney. She works in a range of fields, including modernism, cultural theory, online culture, Kearney.indd 295 16/12/10 2:45 PM 296 Contributors girl culture, and rural studies. She is the author of Girls: Feminine Adolescence in Popular Culture and Cultural Theory (Columbia...

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