Next Wave Cultures
Feminism, Subcultures, Activism
Edited by Anita Harris
Routledge – 2008 – 296 pages
Series: Critical Youth Studies
Whereas once young women’s feminist activism could be easily identified, today this resistance seems obscure, transitory, and disorganized. In Next Wave Cultures, established and emerging scholars provide an interdisciplinary examination of young women’s multilayered lives. This collection demonstrates that young women have new ways of taking on politics and culture that may not be recognizable under more traditional paradigms, but deserve to be identified as socially engaged and potentially transformative nonetheless. Exploring the ways in which girls' various cultural pursuits are tied to identity formation and relate to issues of class, sexuality, ethnicity, religion, ability, and, gender, Next Wave Cultures highlights both the limitations and opportunities afforded by globalization of youth consumer culture. This valuable collection is a necessary read across disciplines—especially to those in the fields of education, gender and cultural studies, sociology, and psychology.
"I think that the book represents a significant addition to the literature on youth and feminism which has clear potential to be picked up for courses covering a wide range of disciplines. The combination of high-profile contributors (i.e., Fine, Chesney-Lind, Harris herself) and culturally-diverse authors (including young women themselves), a conceptually-compelling organization, and coverage of the real-world engagement of girls, as well as Dr. Harris’ proven track record in producing cutting-edge volumes in related domains, portends well for the book…. This text would be one I would use in several ways. In a graduate seminar on adolescence or female sexuality, I would assign the entire volume." - Deborah L. Tolman, Professor of Human Sexuality Studies and Director of the Center for Research on Gender and Sexuality, San Francisco State University, USA
"It looks like it will be a terrific book. Not only is the idea strong, but the overview that Anita Harris wrote is excellent in laying out the framework for the essays…. . I especially like the inclusion of a section on girls producing media and digital culture. I think the section on popular culture is excellent, and appreciate the reasons for including the more dramatic aspects of girls’ social organization and identity work. As well, I’m very happy that the text includes work on consumption practices, an area that I feel is significant. I also think that the attention to everyday life that runs through many of the essays is very important." - Sari Knopp Biklen, Professor of Cultural Foundations of Education, Syracuse University, USA
Introduction: ‘Youth Cultures and Feminist Politics: An Introduction’ Anita Harris Section 1: Hustling, Fighting, Surfing and Sex: Infiltrating Masculine Domains 1. ‘What is this Gangstressism in Popular Culture?’Angie Colette Beatty 2. ‘TGG: Girls, Street Culture and Identity’ Dorothy Bottrell 3. ‘Third Wave Feminism, the Global Economy, and Women's Surfing: Sport as Stealth Feminism in Girls’ Surf Culture’ Leslie Heywood 4. ‘Rescuing a Theory of Adolescent Sexual Excess: Young Women and Wanting’ Sara I. McClelland and Michelle Fine Section 2: Creating Spaces 5. ‘The Empowered Fe Fes’ Susan Nussbaum 6. ‘Femininities as Commodities: Cam Girl Culture’ Amy Dobson 7. ‘Reflections: For those who Reflect’ Feda Abdo, Rayann Bekdache, Samah Hadid, Mehal Krayem and Tara Pengilly Section 3: New Activisms: Cultural and Political 8. ‘Connecting the Dots: Riot Grrrls, Ladyfests, and the International Grrrl Zine Network’ Kristin Schilt and Elke Zobl 9. ‘(R)Evolutionary Healing: Jamming with Culture and Shifting the Power’ Carly Stasko 10. ‘Feminism, Youth Politics and Generational Change’ Chilla Bulbeck and Anita Harris 11. ‘Young Women and Social Action in the UK’ Debi Roker
Anita Harris is Associate Professor at the Centre for Critical and Cultural Studies, University of Queensland, Australia.