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ERIC Number: EJ741911
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Jul
Pages: 19
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 29
ISSN: ISSN-0954-0253
Identity Construction in Adolescent Girls: The Context Dependency of Racial and Gendered Perceptions
Gaganakis, Margie
Gender and Education, v18 n4 p361-379 Jul 2006
This study examines the life world of school-going adolescent girls in Johannesburg and their construction of identity. It outlines the socio-historical background of concepts relating to identity such as race and culture and their use and misuse in the South African context. In South Africa, race/culture/identity have been historically conflated for political purposes. This article considers "being Black" and "being White" as "invisible" and pre-constituted categories and shows how these categories are best understood as being context-bound. These varied contexts are perceived by girls as being related to class location, geographical areas, socialization, religion, views on marriage speaking English, generational differences and the secrecy around racist discourse as well as the hopes for reconciliation between Black and White people. For White girls, the simultaneous confidence in and ambiguity of their "being White" is inscribed in its negation and a world of dwindling privilege. Although race is a significant strand in Black girls' identity, socio-economic factors emerge as the most important formative feature of identity. (Contains 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 11; High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: South Africa (Johannesburg)