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ERIC Number: EJ939314
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 44
ISSN: ISSN-0159-6306
Old Plots and New Identities: Ambivalent Femininities in Late Modernity
Gonick, Marnina
Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, v25 n2 p189-209 2004
This paper investigates changing modes of femininity. It asks: What are the discourses and discursive practices within which new femininities are constructed? What are the social conditions in which they emerge? How are these negotiated and lived by girls? What do these stories tell us about the complications of subject formation and what it means to be a "girl" in "global times". Drawing on a school-community project with a racially diverse group of girls, aged 12-14 years, the paper analyses a series of fictional stories that the girls wrote for the characters of a collaboratively produced video. It is my argument that girls live the effects of neoliberal discourses of individuality in particularly complicated ways. This is due to the ways in which "woman" and "individual" have historically been constituted through a series of binary oppositions including those of: femininity and masculinity, girlhood and adolescence, womanhood and personhood and femininity and rationality. I suggest that while traditional femininity is being undone through its inclusion in discourses of individualism, rationality and adulthood, it is also reinscribed through an ever increasing array of contradictions, the juggling of which have always constituted femininity. (Contains 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Middle Schools
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Language: English
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