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Girlhood, interdisciplinary and global in source, scope, and methodology, examines the centrality of girlhood in shaping women's lives. Scholars study how age and gender, along with a multitude of other identities, work together to influence the historical experience.Spanning a broad time frame from 1750 to the present, essays illuminate the various continuities and differences in girls' lives across culture and region--girls on all continents except Antarctica are represented. Case studies and essays are arranged thematically to encourage comparisons between girls' experiences in diverse locales, and to assess how girls were affected by historical developments such as colonialism, political repression, war, modernization, shifts in labor markets, migrations, and the rise of consumer culture.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-ix
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. xi-xiii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xv-xvi
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-13
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  1. Toward Political Agency for Girls: Mapping the Discourses of Girlhood Globally
  2. pp. 14-29
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  1. Part I: Girls' Cultures and Identities
  2. pp. 31-102
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  1. 1. American Jewish Girls and the Politics of Identity, 1860-1920
  2. pp. 33-48
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  1. 2. Growing Up in Colonial Algeria: The Case of Assia Djebar
  2. pp. 49-64
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  1. 3. Immigrant Girls in Multicultural Amsterdam: Juggling Ambivalent Cultural Messages
  2. pp. 65-82
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  1. 4. Feminist Girls, Lesbian Comrades: Performances of Critical Girlhood in Taiwan Pop Music
  2. pp. 83-102
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  1. Part II: The Politics of Girlhood
  2. pp. 103-213
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  1. 5. Girlhood Memories and the Politics of Justice in Post-Rosas Argentina: The Restitution Suit of Olalla Alvarez
  2. pp. 105-123
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  1. 6. "A Case of Peculiar and Unusual Interest": The Egg Inspectors Union, The AFL, and the British Ministry of Food Confront "Negro Girl" Egg Candlers
  2. pp. 124-141
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  1. 7. "Life is a Succession of Disappointments": A Soviet Girl Contends with the Stalinist Dictatorship
  2. pp. 142-161
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  1. 8. Fragilities and Failures, Promises and Patriotism: Elements of Second World War English and American Girlhood, 1939-1945
  2. pp. 162-178
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  1. 9. Holy Girl Power Locally and Globally: The Marian Visions of Garabandal, Spain
  2. pp. 179-194
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  1. 10. Rebels, Robots, and All-American Girls: The Ideological Use of Images of Girl Gymnasts During the Cold War
  2. pp. 195-213
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  1. Part III: The Education of Girls
  2. pp. 215-322
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  1. 11. Palestinian Girls and the British Missionary Enterprise, 1847-1948
  2. pp. 217-233
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  1. 12. "The Right Kind of Ambition": Discourses of Feminity at the Huguenot Seminary and College, 1895-1910
  2. pp. 234-249
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  1. 13. Stolen Girlhood: Australia's Assimilation Policies and Aboriginal Girls
  2. pp. 250-267
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  1. 14. Fathers, Daughters, and Institutions: Coming of Age in Mombasa's Colonial Schools
  2. pp. 268-288
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  1. 15. Mothers of Warriors: Girls in a Youth Debate of Interwar Iraq
  2. pp. 289-303
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  1. 16. "'Homemaker' Can Include the World": Female Citizenship and Internationalism in the Postwar Camp Fire Girls
  2. pp. 304-322
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  1. Part IV: Girls to Women: Work, Marriage, and Sexuality
  2. p. 323
  1. 17. From Chattel to "Breeding Wenches": Abolitionism, Girlhood, and Jamaican Slavery
  2. pp. 325-343
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  1. 18. Girls, Labor, and Sex in Precolonial Egypt, 1850-1882
  2. pp. 344-362
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  1. 19. Defiant Daughters and the Emancipation of Minors in Nineteenth-Century Mexico
  2. pp. 363-381
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  1. 20. The Shifting Status of Middle-Class Malay Girlhood: From "Sisters" to "Sinners" in One Generation
  2. pp. 382-402
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 403-406
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 407-422
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