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All that is dark can become white: the rules of the game in Bend it Like Beckham

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posted on 2008-01-01, 00:00 authored by Naarah Calvert
The “light” and uplifting film, Bend it Like Beckham (2002), is deconstructed to expose its passive ideologies that equate physical darkness with regressive cultural and social outlooks and practices. While Bend it Like Beckham constructs itself as a modern fairy tale of a girl achieving her dream of athletic opportunity and success (with a nice side-dish of romance), the film’s privileging of whiteness is both a cultural and a gendered norm that must be desired and achieved before that dream may come true.

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Journal

The looking glass : new perspectives on children's literature

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12

Pagination

1 - 6

Location

Melbourne, Vic.

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  • Yes

ISSN

1551-5680

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

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2008, The Looking Glass

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