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“Something Good Distracts Us from the Bad”

Girls Cultivating Disruption

Crystal Leigh Endsley

: “We may bend but we are never broken.” After her performance I probed, “What about Nola makes you proud to grow up here in spite of having to ‘bend’?” She attributed her survival techniques to growing up in her hometown, the same community that placed

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A Call to Action

Creativity and Black Girlhood

Crystal Leigh Endsley

the group, rendering the text itself as something of a performance space. Black girls are clearly the intended audience and readers. In this way, Brown presents performance as an action that honors the individual black girl's story at the same time as

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Heather Fitzsimmons Frey

she could not yet know like, for example, that her life trajectory would include a husband and five children, and I view her through analytical tools such as feminist theories, performance studies, contemporary ethnographic research, and discourse

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Shapeshifters

Black Girls and the Choreography of Citizenship

Jennifer Bethune

both “socially-defined problems” and “self-defined solutions” (231) through expressive movement and performance. BlackLight brought these experiences to public performances, street theatre, including bus stop performance, and outreach to other youth

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Miley, What’s Good?

Nicki Minaj’s Anaconda, Instagram Reproductions, and Viral Memetic Violence

Aria S. Halliday

appropriating Nicki Minaj’s Anaconda cover photo and her public responses to these memes, I explore how popular memetic culture—at the intersections of discourses on Black women’s bodies, feminism, sexuality, desire, and performance—positions these bodies as

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Jay Mechling

female characters: Mary Ann and Ginger. (The television series had a third female character, Mrs. Howell, who was not represented in the Scout performances—a running joke during the whole day was “where is Mrs. Howell?”) The slightly built young man who

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Daniel Lewis

self-control becomes Dickens's central focus in “Lying Awake.” In the essay, first published in Household Words in 1852, the bedroom is represented as a space where male anxiety runs amok, threatening the successful performance of the author

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“Why Do We Ask Them About Their Gender, If We Then Go on to Do Nothing with It?”

Constructions of Masculinity in Youth Justice in England and Wales

Eric Baumgartner

. Within those interactions, the performance of individual roles play a key part ( Goffman 1990 ), and so does the “capital” the young men bring to this setting. Hence, Erving Goffman's theory of symbolic interactionism and Pierre Bourdieu's (1986) idea

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Michael R. M. Ward

and young men. Moving the focus toward schools, in our next article Victoria Cann examines the nuanced performances of masculinity enacted by a 14-year-old boy named “Tom.” In this UK-based case study, Cann shows how Tom, a boy of Filipino descent

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Who (the) Girls and Boys Are

Gender Nonconformity in Middle-Grade Fiction

Michele Byers

. Michelle Abate (2008) reads eight-year-old Georgia in Tomboy Trouble ( Wyeth 1998 ), as an active participant in her own gender performance, arguing that the book reveals that “gender is not something that is , but rather something that is continually