Given the rapidly growing presence of girls online, serious academic inquiry into the relationship between girls and the Internet is imperative.
Girl Wide Web is an innovative collection of cutting-edge research exploring a wide sweep of issues related to the ways adolescent girls interact with the Internet. Employing a range of methodologies and theoretical perspectives primarily within cultural studies, the authors examine a variety of topics – from instant messaging and web-diaries to online fan communities and Internet advertising that targets young girls. Taken together, these essays provide a rich portrait of the complex relationship among girls, the Internet, and the negotiation of identity.
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, 2005. X, 225 pp.
Contents: Sharon R. Mazzarella: Introduction. It’s a Girl Wide Web – Lynne Y. Edwards: Victims, Villains, and Vixens. Teen
Girls and Internet Crime – Ashley D. Grisso/David Weiss: What are gURLS Talking about? Adolescent Girls’ Construction of Sexual
Identity on gURL.com – Debra Merskin: Making an About-Face. Jammer Girls and the World Wide Web – Susan F. Walsh: Gender,
Power, and Social Interaction. How Blue Jean Online Constructs Adolescent Girlhood – Susan J. Harewood/Angharad N. Valdivia:
Exploring Dora. Re-embodied Latinidad on the Web – Christine Scodari: You’re Sixteen, You’re Dutiful, You’re Online. «Fangirls»
and the Negotiation of Age and/or Gender Subjectivities in TV Newsgroups – Kimberly S. Gregson: What if the Lead Character
Looks Like Me? Girl fans of Shoujo Anime and Their Web Sites – Sharon R. Mazzarella: Claiming a Space. The Cultural
Economy of Teen Girl Fandom on the Web – Divya C. McMillin: Teen Crossings. Emerging Cyberpublics in India – Shayla Marie
Thiel: «IM Me». Identity Construction and Gender Negotiation in the World of Adolescent Girls and Instant Messaging – Lynn
Schofield Clark: The Constant Contact Generation. Exploring Teen Friendship Networks Online.