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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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Girls with Disabilities in the Global South

Rethinking the Politics of Engagement

Xuan Thuy Nguyen

Indigenous scholar Linda Tuhiwai Smith argues that “[r]esearch is one way in which the underlying code of imperialism and colonialism is both regulated and realized” (1999: 7). The process of interventions into non-Western colonized territories has

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Beyond the Discourse of Sexualization

An Inquiry into the Adultification of Tween Girls’ Dressing in Singapore

Bernice Loh

taken to reflect positive national economic growth and the increasing economic capital of Singaporeans, the expansion of a consumer culture simultaneously invoked feelings of cultural imperialism among certain groups of Singaporeans. Chua reveals that

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Jasmyn Galley

maternal family faced in residential school and the ongoing prejudices they experience in society today. Sadly, these make up just one piece of the larger history of imperialism and its violence towards Aboriginal identities and cultures. In this review 1

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Building the Femorabilia Special Collection

Methodologies and Practicalities

Nickianne Moody

the Commonwealth of Nations, so they offer much to scholars internationally regarding, for example, notions of cultural imperialism. This material is no longer published and the archives of publishing companies that produced it are rarely accessible

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Holding Up Half the Sky

Global Narratives of Girls at Risk and Celebrity Philanthropy

Angharad Valdivia

marginalized peoples, isn’t to focus on charts about power relationships” (73). Kristof and WuDunn disagree largely with the scholarly community over the absence of analysis of structural and systemic inequalities, discrimination, and legacies of imperialism

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Nirmala Erevelles and Xuan Thuy Nguyen

. “ Reflections on Personhood: Girls with Severe Disabilities and the Law .” Canadian Journal of Disability Studies 2 , no. 3 : 55 – 97 . 10.15353/cjds.v2i3.101 Jarman , Michelle . 2005 . “ Resisting ‘Good Imperialism’: Reading Disability as Radical

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“The Dragon Can't Roar”

Analysis of British Expatriate Masculinity in Yusuf Dawood's One Life Too Many

Antony Mukasa Mate

up” at home. The father wants to instill in the young man aspects of British manhood. Young British boys were expected to forge their manhood during the period of British imperialism in preparation for their stay at the Empire ( Cornwall and

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Girlhood and Ethics

The Role of Bodily Integrity

Mar Cabezas and Gottfried Schweiger

been accused of eurocentrism. These discourses, it is sometimes said, imply a new form of cultural imperialism as products of liberalism. 3 We are well aware of the devastating effects of abuse on boys and, without ignoring their experiences, we point

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Hopeful, Harmless, and Heroic

Figuring the Girl Activist as Global Savior

Jessica K. Taft

extensive and important. Many scholars have identified how the Girl Effect paradigm in particular invokes colonialist images of third world women and girls as oppressed by their own cultures, erases the structures of imperialism and global capitalism that