ERIC Number: ED317453
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986
Material Girls: Feminism and Cultural Studies.
Walters, Suzanna Danuta
In an era where the image rules and the referent fades further and further into a fond memory, the need for cultural analysis and critique becomes profoundly urgent. This paper focuses on the question: How can a specifically feminist cultural theory begin to evolve? More often than not, women are the "imaged" in this culture. However, the image of woman that is represented in magazines and on television is largely created by men. There are many varied feminist theories of representation. This paper attempts to broadly sketch the major approaches in the field and suggests possibilities for alternative positions. First, the "images" perspective is examined, where meaning is perceived as readily apparent and judged in terms of its sexist or nonsexist content and characterization. The "signification" perspective is then discussed, which posits itself overtly as an alternative to the dominant mode of cultural inquiry. Finally, a brief look is taken at the work of the Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies of the University of Birmingham, England as expressing an affinity with feminist critique in its insistence on an interactional, processual, and experiential definition of culture. (JB)
Descriptors: Cultural Images, Cultural Influences, Culture, Females, Feminism, Role Perception, Role Theory, Self Concept, Sex Bias, Sex Role, Sex Stereotypes, Social Theories, Sociology, Womens Studies
Department of Sociology, Colorado College, Colorado Springs, CO 80903.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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