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Sexy Shapes: Girls negotiating gender through popular music
Södertörns högskola.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2540-8497
2013 (English)In: Girlhood Studies, ISSN 1938-8209, E-ISSN 1938-8322, Vol. 6, no 2, 30-46 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article is based on ethnographic fieldwork done with a group of 14 to 16 year-old girls in a medium sized Swedish town. The study aimed to investigate the relationship between everyday music use and gender, ethnicity and sexuality. The question posed here is: "What negotiations take place when the girls discuss their favorite music and artists?" Research in response to this question shows that the identity work of negotiating how to be a teenage girl often relates to popular culture. The sample focuses on girls from Swedish, Bosnian, Turkish and Syrian backgrounds. In this article I report on the local ideas about gender and ethnicity claimed by the girls to influence their discussion of music, dress and behavior, as well as the desires that I argue structure such discussion. This research supports contemporary findings that mainstream popular music has cultural and social significance in young girls' lives.

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2013. Vol. 6, no 2, 30-46 p.
Keyword [en]
Ethnicity, ethnography, gender, girls, multicultural, popular music, sexuality
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Ethnology Gender Studies
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Critical and Cultural Theory
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-69254DOI: 10.3167/ghs.2013.060204OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-69254DiVA: diva2:1167176
Available from: 2013-10-31 Created: 2017-12-18 Last updated: 2018-01-18Bibliographically approved

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