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dc.contributor.advisorKearney, Mary Celeste, 1962-
dc.creatorKeller, Jessalynn Marieen
dc.date.accessioned2013-10-14T21:52:26Zen
dc.date.issued2013-05en
dc.date.submittedMay 2013en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2152/21560en
dc.descriptiontexten
dc.description.abstractThis dissertation refutes the notion that contemporary girls are uninterested in feminism by exploring how teenage girls are engaging in feminist activism as bloggers. Using a feminist cultural studies approach I analyze how girl bloggers produce feminist identities and practices that challenge hegemonic postfeminist and neoliberal cultural politics. I employ feminist ethnographic methods, including a series of in-depth interviews with U.S. -based girl feminist bloggers and an online collaborative focus group, as well as a discursive and ideological textual analysis of girl-produced feminist blogs. Using these methods, I privilege girls' voices while proposing a model for conducting feminist ethnography online. In doing so, I demonstrate how girls' feminist blogging functions as an activist practice through networked counterpublics, intervening in mainstream and sometimes even commercial public space. I position this activism within a lengthy tradition of American feminism, analyzing how my participants remain in conversation with feminist history while simultaneously responding to their unique cultural climate. Finally, I argue that we must recognize the political importance of girls' feminist blogging by theorizing it as an emergent citizenship practice that makes feminism an accessible discourse to contemporary teenage girls.en
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dc.language.isoen_USen
dc.subjectDigital mediaen
dc.subjectGirlsen
dc.subjectFeminismen
dc.subjectPostfeminismen
dc.subjectNeoliberalismen
dc.subjectBloggingen
dc.title"Still alive and kicking" : girl bloggers and feminist politics in a "postfeminist" ageen
dc.date.updated2013-10-14T21:52:27Zen
dc.description.departmentRadio-Television-Filmen
thesis.degree.departmentRadio-Television-Filmen
thesis.degree.disciplineRadio-Television-Filmen
thesis.degree.grantorThe University of Texas at Austinen
thesis.degree.levelDoctoralen
thesis.degree.nameDoctor of Philosophyen


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