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ERIC Number: EJ1189232
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0039-3541
Habitus, Visual and Cultural Identity: "Mean Girls"' Hyperfeminine Performances as Burlesque Pastiche and as Archetypal Female Pariahs
Blaikie, Fiona
Studies in Art Education: A Journal of Issues and Research in Art Education, v59 n3 p215-227 2018
Visual and cultural identities are situated in habitus, social theory on the body and clothing. Framed by narrative inquiry, girl method, and feminist research, I investigated the mean girl experiences of Grace and Hayley, who witnessed hostility alongside an exaggerated policed feminine sartorial aesthetic. White, middle and upper class, managers of members' social lives and aesthetic performances in designer clothing, mean girls purvey gossip and aggression. Masked by a visual aesthetic of sexualized heteronormativity enhancing their appeal to teenage girls, they incarnate binaried conceptions of gender performativity. Their aggressiveness reflects a third wave postfeminist narrative for which feminism is held responsible and accountable. As neoliberal post-feminist media and cultural constructions, they perform like Eve and wicked fairy-tale stepmothers, as archetypal female pariahs. Schools are sites of identity conflict: Bourdieusian habitus lenses offer possibilities for multimodal inquiries into visual and cultural re/presentations of situated identities in art teaching and learning.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada
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