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Resisting the subordinate woman: a young girl constructing gendered identity online
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Computer and Systems Sciences.
2012 (English)In: Invisible girl: "Ceci n'est pas une fille" / [ed] Gun-Marie Frånberg, Camilla Hällgren and Elza Dunkels, Umeå: Umeå universitet , 2012, 225-234 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Based on experiences and results from the research project (the.GTO.project ·, this article discusses how tween (app. 10 to 14 years old) girls construct gendered identity in online environments, where the publication of digital images is of core importance. The case being the Swedish social network site (SNS) Bilddagboken (BDB). At BDB up to 500.000 images are posted each day, totalling more than 250 million images. In the article I will discuss, based on a single illustrative example from a 12- year-old Swedish girl, how a tween girl constructs an online gendered identity and what kind of communicative competences this production of gendered identity demands. The article begins with reflecting upon the gendered image of the gazed woman of Cindy Sherman, followed by a discussion on the (gendered) photograph and how new qualities are added when being used in a digital context. Ethical issues arising from publishing empirical data collected at a SNS are discussed at some length.

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Umeå: Umeå universitet , 2012. 225-234 p.
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Information Systems
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Computer and Systems Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-86111ISBN: 978-91-7459-462-1OAI: diva2:586181
Available from: 2013-01-11 Created: 2013-01-11 Last updated: 2013-03-01Bibliographically approved

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