Understanding Teenage Girls

Author: Horace R. Hall
Publisher: R&L Education
ISBN: 1610480503
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Understanding Teenage Girls: Culture, Identity and Schooling focuses on a range of social phenomenon that impact the lives of adolescent females of color. The authors highlight the daily challenges that African-American, Chicana, and Puerto Rican teenage girls face with respect to peer and family influences, media stereotyping, body image, community violence, pregnancy, and education. The authors also emphasize the incredible resiliency that young women possess in countering many of the social barriers confronting them. This work attempts to communicate the often hushed voices of girls of color, for the purpose of understanding their views on life experiences and how they negotiate social and cultural mores. In company with their perspectives are the authors' analyses guided by their years of teaching and mentoring experiences, as well as contemporary research literature from the fields of education, counseling, psychology, nursing, and anthropology. Practical strategies are also offered for those professionals assisting adolescent girls of color in and outside of schools.

Growing Up Girls

Author: Sharon R. Mazzarella
Publisher: Peter Lang Pub Incorporated
Format: PDF
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New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt/M., Oxford, Wien, 1999, 2001, 2002. Adolescent Cultures, School and Society. Vol. 9 General Editors: Joseph L. DeVitis and Linda Irwin-DeVitis In today's society, more and more mass media and popular culture is being produced for, about, and by pre-adolescent and adolescent girls than ever before. The intent of this book is to help us better understand the complex relationship between girls and their culture. Informed by a broad range of theoretical perspectives and employing a variety of methodologies, the essays in this collection address the ways that mainstream culture « instructs girls on how to become a woman - the ways in which the culture approves of « growing up girls. Specifically, these essays examine the messages mainstream culture gives girls about romance, sexuality, life experiences, body image, gender and culture identity, and the way girls themselves negotiate these messages. Contents: Norma Pecora/Sharon R. Mazzarella: Introduction - Lana F. Rakow/Caitlin S. Rakow: Educating Barbie - Amy Bowles-Reyer: Becoming a Woman in the 1970s: Female Adolescent Sexual Identity and Popular Literature - Norma Pecora: Identity by Design: The Corporate Construction of Teen Romance Novels - Sarah Eisenstein Stumbar/Zillah Eisenstein: Girlhood Pastimes: « American Girls and The Rest of Us - Sharon R. Mazzarella: The « Superbowl of All Dates: Teenage Girl Magazines and the Commodification of the Perfect Prom - Debra L. Merskin: What Every Girl Should Know: An Analysis of Feminine Hygiene Advertising - Amy Aidman: Disney's Pocahontas: Conversations with Native American and Euro-American Girls - Angharad N.Valdivia/Rhiannon S. Bettivia: A Guided Tour through One Adolescent Girl's Culture - Carol Jennings: Girls Make Music: Polyphony and Identity in Teenage Rock Bands - Meenakshi Gigi Durham: Out of the Indian Diaspora: Mass Media, Myths of Femininity, and the Negotiation of Adolescence between Two Cultures - Mary K. Bentley: The Body of Evidence: Dangerous Intersections between Development and Culture in the Lives of Adolescent Girls.

Reading Girls

Author: Hadar Dubowsky Ma'ayan
Publisher: Teachers College Press
ISBN: 0807753149
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Reading Girls captures the voices and literacy experiences of a diverse group of urban adolescent girls. The author—an experienced researcher and middle school teacher—intertwines investigations of multiple literacies, technologies, race, class, gender, sexuality, and gender expression to provide a provocative look at what helps and what hurts adolescent girls in school. Through engaging case studies, we see how traditional schooling fails to make room for crucial life topics, such as grappling with sexual or racial identity, understanding gang culture, or coming of age in urban America. Each chapter concludes with concrete strategies for improving both in- and out-of-school practices to better serve young girls, especially marginalized students.

The Teen Years Explained

Author: Clea McNeely
Publisher: Jayne Blanchard
ISBN: 0615302467
Format: PDF, ePub
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We idealize childhood and demonize adolescence, often viewing the typical teenager as a bundle of problems. Yet according to a new book, The Teen Years Explained: A Guide to Healthy Adolescent Development, by Clea McNeely, MPH, DrPH and Jayne Blanchard, adolescence can be a time of opportunity, not turmoil. By understanding the developmental stages and changes of adolescence, both teens and adults can get the most out of this second decade of life. In plain English, this guide incorporates the latest scientific findings about physical, emotional, cognitive, identity formation, sexual and spiritual development with tips and strategies on how to use this information in real-life situations involving teens. Whether you have five minutes or five hours, you will find something useful in this book. This practical and colorful guide to healthy adolescent development is an essential resource for parents, teens, and all people who work with young people.

Instant Identity

Author: Shayla Thiel Stern
Publisher: Peter Lang
ISBN: 9780820463254
Format: PDF, Docs
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Instant Identity: Adolescent Girls and the World of Instant Messaging explains how girls use instant messaging – a primary mode of new media communication for their generation – in order to flirt, bond, fight, and generally relate to peers in ways that both transcend and play into their culture’s dominant gender norms. Examining IM conversations and interviews with the girls, Shayla Thiel Stern demonstrates exactly how girls use IM to construct identity and negotiate sexuality, as they constantly move between childhood and adulthood in their language and actions online. This book is among the first of its kind to truly explore the millennial generation’s prevalent use of instant messaging and its implications for the future.

Geographies of Girlhood

Author: Pamela J. Bettis
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135620989
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Geographies of Girlhood: Identities In-Between explores how adolescent girls come to understand themselves as female in this culture, particularly during a time when they are learning what it means to be a woman and their identities are in-between that of child and adult, girl and woman. It illuminates the everyday realities of adolescent girls and the real issues that concern them, rather than what adult researchers think is important to adolescent girls. The contributing authors take seriously what girls have to say about themselves and the places and discursive spaces that they inhabit daily. Rather than focusing on girls in the classroom, the book explores adolescent female identity in a myriad of kid-defined spaces both in-between the formal design of schooling, as well as outside its purview--from bedrooms to school hallways to the Internet to discourses of cheerleading, race, sexuality, and ablebodiness. These are the geographies of girlhood, the important sites of identity construction for girls and young women. This book is situated within the fledgling field of Girls Studies. All chapters are based on field research with adolescent girls and young women; hence, the voices of girls themselves are primary in every chapter. All of the authors in the text use the notion of liminality to theorize the in-between spaces and places of schools that are central to how adolescent girls construct a sense of self. The focus of the book on the fluidity of femininity highlights the importance of race, class, sexual orientation, and other salient features of personal identity in discussions of how girls construct gendered identities in different ways. Geographies of Girlhood: Identities In-Between challenges scholars, professionals, and students concerned with gender issues to take seriously the everyday concerns of adolescent girls. It is recommended as a text for education, sociology, and women's studies courses that address these issues.

The Girls History and Culture Reader

Author: Miriam Forman-Brunell
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
ISBN: 0252077687
Format: PDF, Mobi
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A pioneering, field-defining collection of essential texts exploring girlhood in the twentieth century

Girl Culture An Encyclopedia 2 Volumes

Author: Claudia Mitchell
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 9780313339097
Format: PDF
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Girl Culture: An Encyclopedia investigates the increasingly complex relationships, struggles, obsessions, and idols of American tween and teen girls who are growing up faster today than ever before. Comprehensive in its coverage of the twenty and twenty-first century trendsetters, fashion, literature, film, in-group rituals and hot-button issues that shape-and are shaped by-girl culture, this two-volume resource offers a wealth of information to help students, educators, and interested readers better understand the ongoing interplay between girls and mainstream culture.