Theorizing agency in post-girlpower times

Harris, Anita and Dobson, Amy Shields 2015, Theorizing agency in post-girlpower times, Continuum, vol. 29, no. 2, pp. 145-156, doi: 10.1080/10304312.2015.1022955.

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Title Theorizing agency in post-girlpower times
Author(s) Harris, Anita
Dobson, Amy Shields
Journal name Continuum
Volume number 29
Issue number 2
Start page 145
End page 156
Total pages 12
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication Abingdon, Eng.
Publication date 2015-01-01
ISSN 1030-4312
Keyword(s) Young women
feminist acitvism
Summary Post-structuralist youth studies theorists have argued for nuanced perspectives on agency that are not reliant on an assumption of subjects as rational and internally coherent individuals, and understand subjectivity and social structure as produced in concert. These are important theoretical developments that have shaped recent scholarship on girls' identities and cultures. In this paper, we seek to give them some further sociological grounding by thinking through their resonance for the specific debate about young women and what feminist agency consists of, or looks like today. What we wish to further flesh out is how more familiar, modernist ideas about girls' agency have started to reach their limits not merely because of the post-structuralist turn, but because of the socio-cultural conditions of neoliberalism, post-feminism and post-girlpower. We unpack some recent shifts and complexities around three concepts: choice, empowerment and voice. These are the terms by which the possibility of girls' and young women's agency has traditionally been understood in feminist scholarship and much work in girls' studies. However, when we interrogate these concepts within the specific neoliberal, post-feminist, post-girlpower context, their usefulness for either understanding or enabling feminist agency is thrown into question.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/10304312.2015.1022955
Field of Research 190299 Film, Television and Digital Media not elsewhere classified
200199 Communication and Media Studies not elsewhere classified
200299 Cultural Studies not elsewhere classified
160805 Social Change
Socio Economic Objective 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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