Barbie culture [electronic resource] / Mary F. Rogers.Material type: TextSeries: Core cultural iconsPublication details: London ; Thousand Oaks, Calif. : SAGE Publications, 1999Description: 1 online resource (x, 171 p.)ISBN: 0585347840 (electronic bk.); 9780585347844 (electronic bk.); 9781848609051 (electronic bk.); 1848609051 (electronic bk.)Subject(s): Women in popular culture -- United States | Girls in popular culture -- United States | Barbie dolls -- Social aspects -- United States | SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Anthropology -- Cultural | POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Public Policy -- Cultural Policy | SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Popular Culture | Barbiepoppen | Populaire cultuurGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Barbie culture.DDC classification: 306.4 LOC classification: HQ1421 | .R66 1999ebOther classification: 76.31 Online resources: EBSCOhost | EBSCOhost
Includes bibliographical references (p. -169) and index.
Emphatic femininity -- (Hetero)sexuality and race in Barbie's world -- Challenged childhood and youthful consumption -- The making of an icon -- Plastic bodies -- Plastic selves -- Appendix: Data for this study.
This book uses one of the most popular accessories of childhood, the Barbie doll, to explain key aspects of cultural meaning. Some readings would see Barbie as reproducing ethnicity and gender in a particularly coarse and damaging way - a cultural icon of racism and sexism. Rogers develops a broader, more challenging picture. She shows how the cultural meaning of Barbie is more ambiguous than the narrow, appearance-dominated model that is attributed to the doll. For a start, Barbie s sexual identity is not clear-cut. Similarly her class situation is ambiguous. But all interpretations agree tha.
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