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Mediated Boyhoods

Boys, Teens, and Young Men in Popular Media and Culture


Annette Wannamaker

Mediated Boyhoods: Boys, Teens, and Young Men in Popular Media and Culture brings together work from various disciplines that explores the relationships among the everyday lives of boys and such media platforms as television, films, games, sports, music, urban and suburban culture, fashion, young adult novels, Facebook, MySpace, and YouTube. Offering a comprehensive overview of boyhood studies, chapters consider questions about the current state of boyhood as it is represented in the popular media; the ways that boys are influenced by and work to influence popular culture; the ways that popular texts often reflect adult expectations, anxieties, and prejudices about boys and boyhood; and the ways that boys, teens, and young men are often able to reflect upon and to act, sometimes unpredictably, to resist, subvert, or re-imagine and re-create popular culture and media. The volume serves as a companion to Mediated Girlhoods: New Explorations of Girls’ Media Culture, edited by Mary Celeste Kearney.
Contents: Annette Wannamaker: Introduction. Media about Boys, for Boys and by Boys – Michelle Ann Abate: When Girls Will Be Bois: Female Masculinity, Genderqueer Identity and Millennial LGBTQ Culture – Matthew B. Prickett: Who is the Victim Again?: Female Abuse of Adolescent Boys in Contemporary Culture – Suzanne M. Enck-Wanzer/Scott A. Murray: How to Hook a Hottie’: Teenage Boys, Hegemonic Masculinity, and CosmoGirl! Magazine – Phillip Serrato: From ‘Booger Breath’ to ‘The Guy’: Juni Cortez Grows Up in Robert Rodriguez’s Spy Kids Trilogy – Kent Baxter: Adolescence Vérité: Shocking Glimpses of the Teen in Contemporary American Film – Bayard E. Lyons: Beyond the Gloss of Youth: Turkish Cypriot Television’s Mediation of Young Men in the Public Sphere – Jes Battis: Almost Paradise: Queer Utopias in Abeyance in David Levithan’s Wide Awake and Boy Meets Boy – Judy L. Isaksen: ‘Word Up’: Hip Hoppers’ Smart Pose Outwits Masculine Scripts – Rebecca B. Watts: The Lost Boys of Sudan: Race, Ethnicity, and Perpetual Boyhood in Documentary Film and Television News – Sandra Grady: Consuming the WWE: Professional Wrestling as a Surrogate Initiation Ritual among Somali Bantu Teenagers – Stacey J. T. Hust: The Shrines to What They Love: Exploring Boys’ Uses and Gratifications of Media in their Personal Spaces – Keith Dorwick: Love Song: Queer Video Use of One Pop Tune by Homosocial Boys and Young Men – Margaret Mackey: Growing Up Multimodal: Young Men Talk Media.