Girlhood in America: A-I (Google eBook)

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Miriam Forman-Brunell
ABC-CLIO, 2001 - Family & Relationships - 773 pages
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In this comprehensive, readable, two volume encyclopedia, experts from a variety of disciplines contribute pieces to the puzzle of what it means--and what it has meant over the last 400 years--to be a girl in America. The portrait that emerges reveals deep differences in girls' experiences depending on socioeconomic context, religious and ethnic traditions, family life, schools, institutions, and the messages of consumer and popular culture.

Girls have been commodified, idealized, trivialized, eroticized, and shaped by the powerful forces of popular culture, from "Little Women" to Barbie. Yet girls are also powerful co-creators of the culture that shapes them, often cleverly subverting it to their own purposes. From Pocahantas to punk rockers, girls have been an integral, if overlooked and undervalued, part of American culture.

  

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In the 1990s, the study of girls' culture emerged as an area of scholarly inquiry. This encyclopedia, edited by Formanek-Brunell (history and former director of gender studies, Univ. of Missouri ... Read full review

Contents

A
1
B
59
C
85
D
165
E
241
F
269
G
305
H
351
N
465
O
483
Q
535
R
541
S
573
T
633
W
677
Z
699

I
373
J
383
K
399
L
405
M
435
Bibliography
703
Index
761
About the Editor
773
Copyright

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About the author (2001)

Miriam Forman-Brunell is Professor of History at the University of Missouri, Kansas City. She is the author of "Made to Play House and" general editor of ABC-CLIO's "Girlhood in America". She is also co-director of Children and Youth in History.