Girl Culture: An Encyclopedia, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 0313084440
  • ISBN-13: 9780313084447
  • DDC: 305.235
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 1000 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2007 | Published/Released September 2010
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2007

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Overview

Never before has so much popular culture been produced about what it means to be a girl in today's society. From the first appearance of Nancy Drew in 1930 to Seventeen magazine in 1944 to the emergence of Bratz dolls in 2001, girl culture has been increasingly linked to popular culture and an escalating of commodities directed towards girls of all ages.

Editors Claudia A. Mitchell and Jacqueline Reid-Walsh investigate the increasingly complex relationships, struggles, obsessions, and idols of American tween and teen girls who are growing up faster today than ever before.

From pre-school to high school and beyond, Girl Culture tackles numerous hot-button issues, including the recent barrage of advertising geared toward very young girls emphasizing sexuality and extreme thinness. Nothing is off-limits: body image, peer pressure, cliques, gangs, and plastic surgery are among the over 250 in-depth entries highlighted. Comprehensive in its coverage of the twenty and twenty-first century trendsetters, fashion, literature, film, in-group rituals and hot-button issues that shape -- and are shaped by -- girl culture, this two-volume resource offers a wealth of information to help students, educators and interested readers better understand the ongoing interplay between girls and mainstream culture.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Contents.
List of Entries.
Guide to Related Topics.
Preface.
Acknowledgments.
Introduction.
1: Introduction to Part 1.
2: What Does It Mean to Be a Girl in the Twenty-first Century? Exploring Some Contemporary Dilemmas of Femininity and Girlhood in the West.
3: How to Study Girl Culture.
4: Doll Culture.
5: Barbie Culture.
6: Disney and Girlhood.
7: Romance in Teen Publications.
8: Style and Girl Culture.
9: Ballet and Girl Culture.
10: Girls' Literacy Practices.
11: Girls, Digital Culture, and New Media.
12: Girl Gamers.
13: Representations of Girls and Young Women in Film as an Entry Point to Studying Girl Culture.
14: Whose Girlhood? Race, Representation, and Girlhood.
15: Girlhood in the Time of AIDS: Popular Images, Representations, and Their Effects.
16: Abstinence Bracelets.
17: African American Presence in Popular Culture.
18: Aguilera, Christina (1980–).
19: All-American Girl.
20: American Girl.
21: Anne of Green Gables.
22: Anorexia.
23: Are You There, God? It's me, Margaret.
24: Asian Beauty Pageants.
25: At Twelve.
26: Avatar.
27: Baby Phat.
28: Babysitters.
29: Baby-sitters Club, The.
30: Backstreet Boys.
31: Barrymore, Drew (1975–).
32: Bat Mitzvah.
33: Batgirl.
34: Beach Blanket Bingo.
35: Beauty Pageants.
36: Bedrooms.
37: Benning, Sadie (1973–).
38: Betty and Veronica.
39: Beverly Hills, 90210.
40: Beyoncé (1981-).
41: Bikini.
42: Bikini Kill.
43: Binge Eating.
44: Bionic Woman.
45: Blogging.
46: Blossom.
47: Blume, Judy (1938-).
48: Blythe.
49: Bobby Sox.
50: Body Modification.
51: Bra.
52: Bratmobile.
53: Bratz.
54: Breast Enhancement.
55: Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
56: Bulimia.
57: Bullying.
58: Bust.
59: Cabbage Patch Kids.
60: Caddie Woodlawn.
61: Calamity Jane.
62: Camp Fire Girls.
63: Career Novels.
64: Carey, Mariah.
65: Carrie.
66: Catwoman.
67: Celebrity Bad Girls.
68: Cell Phones.
69: Charlie's Angels.
70: Cheerleading.
71: Cherry Ames.
72: Chick Lit.
73: Children'S Beauty Pageants.
74: Comics.
75: Coming-Of-Age Memoirs.
76: Compulsory Heterosexuality.
77: Cootie Catcher.
78: Covering Over.
79: Cowgirl Play.
80: Cross-Merchandising.
81: Crossover Literature.
82: Cuthand, Thirza (1978-).
83: Cyber-Bullying.
84: Debutante.
85: Dee, Sandra (1942-2005).
86: Degrassi.
87: Dirty Dancing.
88: Disordered Eating.
89: Dj Culture.
90: Dollhouse.
91: Dora the Explorer.
92: Dream House.
93: Duff, Hilary (1987-).
94: Duke, Patty (1946-).
95: Easy-Bake Oven.
96: Elliott, Missy (1971-).
97: Evans, Dale (1912-2001).
98: Fairy Tales, Modern.
99: Fairy Tales, Traditional.
100: Fan Culture.
101: Fan Fiction.
102: “Fat Girl.”.
103: Felicity.
104: Filmmaking.
105: Flava Dolls.
106: Forever ….
107: Funicello, Annette (1942–).
108: Gidget.
109: Gilmore Girls.
110: Ginny Gordon.
111: Girl Bands.
112: Girl Group History.
113: Girl Power.
114: Girl Scouts.
115: Girl-Centered Programs.
116: Girl-Next-Door.
117: Girls and Sport in Contemporary Film.
118: Girls' Friendships.
119: Girls Gone Wild.
120: Go-Go Girl.
121: Go-Go's, The.
122: Goth Girls.
123: Guerilla Girls.
124: gURL.com.
125: Gymnastics.