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A widely influential notion of how young women and girls collude in their own gender-based subordination. Angela McRobbie, in ‘Jackie: An Ideology of Adolescent Femininity’ (Stencilled Paper no. 53, published by the Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies at the University of Birmingham, UK, 1977), looked at how the adolescent magazine Jackie constructed trajectories of young girls' lives. In order to throw off the shackles of authority, working-class girls retreated from the domesticity of the home and entered lives of consumption and pleasure. But these soon led to traditional male-dominated relationships and the reiteration of the feminine role. Femininity is both the escape and the mechanism of entrapment. The notion has been employed illuminatingly in the study of young girls' attitudes towards and experiences of sport, in the work of Sheila Scraton (Sport, Leisure and Social Relations, ed. J. Horne, D. Jary and A. Tomlinson, 1987).

Subjects: Sport and Leisure.


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