Mapping the Terrains for Girlhood in Hong Kong

in Girlhood Studies
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Identity politics in the everyday lives of girls is of continual global concern to gender studies. I argue that neither educational factors nor those pertaining to mass media can stand alone in accounting for what girlhood means in Hong Kong where the study of what it means to be a girl has not yet attracted much attention from academic scholars. Because of the promotion of a sexually repressive framework in the educational sector, the concept of girlhood remains confined by an already established notion of femininity. I argue that it is hence vital for us to use texts of popular culture in education to allow for a more appropriate concept of girlhood in contemporary Hong Kong given that this concept affects the ways in which girls identify themselves.

Girlhood Studies

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