Barbie culture

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SAGE Publications, 1999 - Antiques & Collectibles - 171 pages
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This book uses one of the most popular accessories of childhood, the Barbie doll, to explain key aspects of cultural meaning.

Some readings would see Barbie as reproducing ethnicity and gender in a particularly coarse and damaging way - a cultural icon of racism and sexism. Rogers develops a broader, more challenging picture. She shows how the cultural meaning of Barbie is more ambiguous than the narrow, appearance-dominated model that is attributed to the doll. For a start, Barbie's sexual identity is not clear-cut. Similarly her class situation is ambiguous. But all interpretations agree that, with her enormous range of lifestyle `accessories', Barbie exists to consume. Her body is the perfect metaphor of modern times: plastic, st

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Mary F. Rogers holds a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and is currently a professor of sociology and women's studies at the University of West Florida. She has published in numerous journals, such as The American Journal of Sociology, The American Sociologist, Gender & Society, and Sociological Theory. One of her previous books, Sociology, Ethnomethodology, and Experience: A Phenomenological Critique, was published in the Arnold and Caroline Rose Monograph Series of the American Sociological Association. In addition to devoting her time to both writing and teaching, Professor Rogers has served as a member of the editorial board of Sociological Theory and as secretary-treasurer of the Theory Section of the American Sociological Association.