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Barbie Culture : Core Cultural Icons - Mary F. Rogers

Barbie Culture

Core Cultural Icons

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Published: 1st December 1998
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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 that, with her enormous range of lifestyle `accessories', Barbie exists to consume. Her body is the perfect metaphor of modern times: plastic, st

Introduction
Emphatic Femininity
(Hetero)Sexuality and Race in Barbie's World
Challenged Childhood and Youthful Consumption
The Making of an Icon
Plastic Bodies
Plastic Selves
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ISBN: 9780761958888
ISBN-10: 0761958886
Series: Core Cultural Icons
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 1st December 1998
Publisher: SAGE Publications Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 19.05 x 12.7  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.2