Abstract

Abstract:

This article examines the ways in which girls contributed to the building of the British Empire by exploring two key questions: First, how did organizations like the Girls' Friendly Society seek to educate girls about the empire and make them into good empire builders? Second, how did girls' cultures inform the practices and principles of girl empire builders? To answer these questions, this article examines how specific notions of girlhood, specifically middle-class, white Victorian girlhood, were inscribed in cultural productions and how these constructions of girlhood intersected with and worked to support hierarchies of race, gender, age, and class in Britain, Australia, and South Africa.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1941-3599
Print ISSN
1939-6724
Pages
pp. 393-412
Launched on MUSE
2019-09-18
Open Access
No
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