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M.I.A. in the Global Youthscape

Rethinking Girls' Resistance and Agency in Postcolonial Contexts

Lisa Weems

In this article I explore the performance art of international hip-hop artist M.I.A. to interrogate the problematic of girls' resistance and agency within a global youthscape. Using a feminist transnational framework, I analyze how her music and celebrity persona may be considered gendered post-colonial cultural productions that highlight issues of inequality, violence and domination. I argue that M.I.A.'s cultural productions serve as pedagogical symbolic resources for theorizing girlhood in post-colonial contexts specifically around issues of sexuality. As a symbolic resource, M.I.A.'s work is pedagogical in the larger global youthscape as well as in scholarship on girls in post-colonial contexts. Specifically, M.I.A. (in her music and interviews) openly wrestles with the embodied tensions between complicity and possibility in post-colonial girlhood. Consistent with a feminist transnational framework, I argue that the identities of “Third World” girls are discursively produced as innocent yet hypersexualized exotic Others in the service and/or mercy of “First World” colonial men and women. However, M.I.A. makes explicit that within the context of globalization, the cultural politics of gender and sexuality take place on/through/with brown female bodies—whether it is in the battlefield, the street or in the bedroom. A close analysis M.I.A.'s song 10 Dollar illustrates how Third World girls exercise resistance and agency in negotiating imperialist and nationalist heteropatriarchy.

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Linda Howell, Ryan Bell, Laura Helen Marks, Jennifer L. Lieberman, and Joseph Christopher Schaub

the Phenomenology of Gadget Commodity Life (New York: Fordham University Press, 2016), 250 pp. ISBN: 9780823270804 (paperback, $38) Reviewed by Linda Howell Recent celebrity studies scholarship has focused its attention on how, when, where, and

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Miley, What’s Good?

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

Aria S. Halliday

inherent harm of the “glass closet” (284–285)—the hypervisible containment of Black bodies in US society in search of homosexuality that C. Riley Snorton (2014) argues is used to surveil Black queer celebrities—is exacerbated by social media through the

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Emma Celeste Bedor

modes of mediating images. As August 2014 drew to an end, a number of photographs of nude celebrities were stolen from their hacked Apple devices and posted to online forums (Hess 2014) . The discourses surrounding this event, however, have yet to

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Making Sense of the Human-Nature Relationship

A Reception Study of the “Nature Is Speaking” Campaign on YouTube

Ulrika Olausson

media studies: in tourist information, where the “othering” of nature has been a pronounced feature ( Uggla and Olausson 2013 ); in celebrity conservation campaigns, where humans are attributed the role as the “other” in relation to nature ( Olausson and

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Melanie Kennedy and Natalie Coulter

. Harris , Anita . 2004 . Future Girl: Young Women in the Twenty-first Century . New York : Routledge . 10.4324/9780203490198 Kennedy , Melanie . 2018 . in press . Tweenhood: Femininity and Celebrity in Tween Popular Culture . London : I

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Ann Miller

celebrity culture, won the Best Writer award at the 2017 Broken Frontier awards. She has also contributed to collective publishing projects, including We Shall Fight Until We Win, celebrating women's political achievements; 5 La Villa sur la falaise , in

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“Stumbling Upon Feminism”

Teenage Girls’ Forays into Digital and School-Based Feminisms

Crystal Kim and Jessica Ringrose

sources rather dismissively. Chloe, for instance, described sociology coursework enthusiastically, but when she was discussing her admiration for self-proclaimed feminist musician Beyoncé, she spoke with some trepidation and distinguished celebrity

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Simon Grennan, Roger Sabin and Julian Waite, Marie Duval (Oxford: Myriad Editions, 2018)

David Kunzle

and Ross. It is probable that the latter contributed the initial concept, early on in 1867, and then (from 1869) some ideas and texts but not, I believe, consistently, or later. It was Duval who developed Ally into celebrity. The immortality of the

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Disruptive Technology

Social Media from Modiano to Zola and Proust

Elizabeth Emery

feature of American newspapers: photo spreads of celebrities in the private rooms of their houses. Instead of republishing well-known photographs of the semi-public space of writers’ studies, such as those in Dornac’s Nos Contemporains chez eux series