Through in-depth interviews, this book explores how tween girls relate to media characters past and present, what they value in these relationships, and how these relationships have shaped their own identity and friendships.
The characters themselves are also analyzed from a feminist perspective, revealing the shared values of community, agency, and self-determination of the media characters and the girls who call them friends.
Through examining the characters and the text in which their stories take place, the book sheds light on what is important to tween girls, about the traits they value in others, and the traits they value in themselves.
Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data
Jennings, Nancy A. Tween girls and their mediated friends / Nancy A. Jennings. pages cm. — (Mediated youth; vol. 21) Includes bibliographical references and index. 1. Mass media and girls. 2. Preteens. 3. Characters and characteristics. 4. Friendship. 5. Female friendship. I. Title. P94.5.G57J46 302.230835’2—dc23 2014000350 ISBN 978-1-4331-2189-0 (hardcover) ISBN 978-1-4331-2188-3 (paperback) ISBN 978-1-4539-1319-2 (e-book) ISSN 1555-1814
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The Girl Scout Promise and Law on p. 43 is used with permission from Girl Scouts of the USA.
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