Girlhood in America : An Encyclopedia

Girlhood in America : An Encyclopedia


This groundbreaking reference work presents more than 100 articles by 98 high-profile interdisciplinary scholars, covering all aspects of girls' roles in American society, past and present.
In this comprehensive, readable, two volume encyclopedia, experts from a variety of disciplines contribute pieces to the puzzle of what it means--and what it has meant over the last 400 years--to be a girl in America. The portrait that emerges reveals deep differences in girls' experiences depending on socioeconomic context, religious and ethnic traditions, family life, schools, institutions, and the messages of consumer and popular culture.

Girls have been commodified, idealized, trivialized, eroticized, and shaped by the powerful forces of popular culture, from Little Women to Barbie. Yet girls are also powerful co-creators of the culture that shapes them, often cleverly subverting it to their own purposes. From Pocahantas to punk rockers, girls have been an integral, if overlooked and undervalued, part of American culture.

Includes more than 120 essays incorporating the most recent research on topics ranging from acquaintance rape to tea parties, from Nancy Drew to Riot Girls

An extensive bibliography provides suggestions for further reading from diverse sources such as T. S. Arthur's Advice to Young Ladies (1848) to Tech-Savvy: Educating Girls for the New Computer Age from the AAUW Educational Foundation (2000)

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  • Hardcover
  • 381 pages
  • English
  • 1576072061
  • 9781576072066

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