Texting girls: Images, sounds, and words in neoliberal cultures of femininity

Journal Article (Review;Journal)

This introductory essay provides an overview of the arguments and premises of this special issue, Texting Girls: Images, Sounds, and Words in Neoliberal Cultures of Femininity. Situated within the recent historical conjuncture in which "girls" (and all that is suggested by the term) have an unprecedented cultural visibility, the essay argues that the figure of the girl is coerced into performing forms of symbolic work within neoliberalism that displaces and contains the corrosive effects of capitalism unbound. Drawing from recent work in Girl Studies and Feminist Theory, the introduction demonstrates that this work relies upon a long-standing conflation of girls and commodification, which supports "girlphobic" constructions in both pro-capitalist stances and anti-capitalist critiques.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Lamm, K

Published Date

  • May 4, 2015

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 25 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 111 - 127

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1748-5819

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0740-770X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1080/0740770X.2015.1057016

Citation Source

  • Scopus