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ERIC Number: EJ1093916
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0161-827X
Hollywood's Representations of College Women and the Implications for Housing and Residence Life Professionals
Yakaboski, Tamara; Donahoo, Saran
Journal of College and University Student Housing, v41 n2 p44-61 2015
Students enter college with preconceived ideas about what their experience of college life will be like. Since the first Hollywood film about college, movies have contributed to society's perceptions of what it means to be a college student. Contrary to the images promoted by higher education marketing departments, Hollywood's portrayals overdramatize negative elements by placing narrow social norms onto college characters. Using data gathered by analyzing films released between 2000 and 2012, this study explores the images and messages that Hollywood communicates about campus culture and the normative behavior expected of college women. The study explores ways that student affairs and housing professionals can use these images to address real developmental conflicts and problems that students encounter while pursuing their degrees.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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