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Wednesday May 13

Monday May 18

Mary's literature review suggestions:


McRobbie, Angela and Jenny Garber. “Girls and Subcultures.” Resistance through Rituals: Youth Subcultures in Post-War Britain. Ed. Stuart Hall and Tony Jefferson. London: HarperCollins, 1976. 208-22.

Steele, J. R. and J. D. Brown. (1995). Adolescent room culture: Studying media in the context of everyday life. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 24(5), 551-576.

Harris, A. (2001). Revisiting bedroom culture: New spaces for young women’s politics. Hecate, 27(1), 128-138. Kearney, Mary Celeste. (2007). “Productive Spaces: Girls’ Bedrooms as Sites of Cultural Production.” Journal of Children and Media 1.2 (July) 126-41.

Also, most of Sian Lincoln's work has focused on teenagers and bedroom culture, including:

Lincoln, S. (2004). Teenage girls’ “bedroom culture”: Codes versus zones. In A. Bennett and K. Kahn-Harris (Eds.), After subculture: Critical studies in contemporary youth culture (pp. 94-106). New York: Palgrave.


  • I'm less familiar with this area of research, but here's what I do know about that does not take an "effects" approach:

- Hamid Naficy's work - on Iranian immigrants and both film and TV

- Lee, Minu and Chong Heup Cho. “Women Watching Together: An Ethnographic Study of Korean Soap Opera Fans in the United States.” Cultural Studies 4.1 (1990) 30-44.

- Haluani, Rona Tamiko and Leah R. Vande Berg. “‘Asian or American’: Meanings In, Through, and Around All-American Girl.” Critical Approaches to Television. Eds. Leah R. Vande Berg, Lawrence A. Wenner, and Bruce E. Gronbeck. Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 1998. 214-35.

There's also work by Patrick Mullins on nickelodeons and assimilation in the early 20th century.

Friday May 22

1. One main thing was for you to address your own involvement in the project, to be a bit more reflexive about your presence in the school/after school space and how it influenced your insights. DO this in the introduction.

2. Another main thing was reorganizing the conclusion a bit, but mainly to end the dissertation with a reflection on where some of the students are now and the likely challenges they face in the school-to-work transition.

3. Also, the committee asked you to address Bourdieu and the notion of social capital. In this section you might simply use a paragraph to explain how he uses the term and then include your critique of his theoretical and/or analytical framework.

Other comments were more related to post-dissertation, including Mary's suggestions to think about gender.