Between Femininities: Ambivalence, Identity, and the Education of Girls

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SUNY Press, Sep 11, 2003 - Education - 225 pages
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Arguing for a recognition of the contradictory and ambivalent identifications that both attract and repel those who live the social category “girl,” Marnina Gonick analyzes the discourses and practices defining female sexuality, embodiment, relationship to self and other, material culture, use of social space, and cultural-political agency and power. Based on a school-community project involving collaborative production of a video which tells the stories of several fictional girl characters, Gonick examines the contradictory and textured structure of the discourses available to girls through which their identities are negotiated. Woven throughout the book is the integral concern with the way in which ethnographic writing as a discursive practice is also implicated in the production and signification of social identities for girls.
 

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Contents

CHAPTER 2
18
Research Methodology
48
New Ethnographic Stories
55
CHAPTER 3
61
CHAPTER 4
105
CONCLUSION
161
REPRISE
187
REFERENCES
195
INDEX
215
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About the author (2003)

Marnina Gonick is Assistant Professor of Curriculum and Instruction and Women's Studies at Penn State at University Park.