Gender as performance : girls narrating their gender identity negotiations

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dc.contributor.advisor Byers, Michele, 1971-
dc.creator Wall, Janis
dc.date.accessioned 2015-06-12T14:24:35Z
dc.date.available 2015-06-12T14:24:35Z
dc.date.issued 2014
dc.identifier.other HQ1075 W355 2014
dc.identifier.uri http://library2.smu.ca/xmlui/handle/01/26225
dc.description 204 leaves ; 29 cm.
dc.description Includes abstract and appendices.
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (leaves 198-204).
dc.description.abstract Working from a post-structuralist framework, specifically drawing on the theories of Judith Butler, this thesis explores gender as a dynamic social construct that is affected by social discourses. In this work I engaged tween girls in discussion groups and writing activities about gender, and here I present a discussion of the girls’ descriptions of their gender performances. This thesis outlines how the girls negotiated the discourses surrounding girlhood and gender in order to be intelligible as girls to those inhabiting the public and private spaces they entered. Through presenting girls’ experiences, this thesis argues that gender is not determined at birth, but is, rather, a continual performance with no definite end. This performance is influenced by, and negotiated with, discourse, social space, perceived social expectations and understandings of gender, and by the desire to be intelligible as girls in a normative sense that aligns with the dominant social view. en_CA
dc.language.iso en en_CA
dc.publisher Halifax, N.S. : Saint Mary's University
dc.subject.lcc HQ1075
dc.subject.lcsh Gender identity
dc.subject.lcsh Sex role
dc.subject.lcsh Femininity
dc.subject.lcsh Girls -- Attitudes
dc.title Gender as performance : girls narrating their gender identity negotiations en_CA
dc.type Text en_CA
thesis.degree.name Master of Arts in Women and Gender Studies
thesis.degree.level Masters
thesis.degree.discipline Women and Gender Studies Program
thesis.degree.grantor Saint Mary's University (Halifax, N.S.)


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