Girls to the front? Gender and alternative spaces

Way, L. (2018) Girls to the front? Gender and alternative spaces. In: Subcultures, Bodies and Spaces: Essays on Alternativity and Marginalization. Emerald Studies in Alternativity and Marginalization . Emerald Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 205-218. ISBN 9781787565128

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For some, gender remains a mechanism of marginalisation within mainstream popular culture because of expectations concerning what femininity and masculinity entail. This marginalisation refers both broadly to the way girls/women are marginalised as well as the marginalisation of those boys/men who fail to conform to societal gendered expectations. If alternativity is synonymous with resistance to this mainstream popular culture it would be logical to then assume that alternative spaces could provide opportunities for pursuing alternative understandings of gender. But to what extent does empirical work support this proposition? Are alternative spaces created or used in ways which envision gender differently to hegemonic discourses concerning femininity/masculinity? Or do normative gendered beliefs and practices prevail? This chapter will critically explore these questions through a number of alternative spaces, drawing out key themes and emerging gaps. This exploration will take the subcultural work of the BCCCS as its starting point, acknowledging the limitations of such work in theorising gender within alternative spaces, before exploring what empirical work across a number of subcultural spaces ‘offers’ in relation to gender. Before concluding the chapter will, more briefly, consider a relatively more recent consideration of online alternative spaces.

Item Type: Book Section
Divisions: School of Social Science
Depositing User: Laura Way
Date Deposited: 01 Nov 2018 16:19
Last Modified: 23 Jul 2019 14:20

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