Girls Like This, Boys Like That
Understanding the (Re)Production of Gender in Contemporary Youth Cultures
I.B. Tauris 2018
New Books in AnthropologyNew Books in Arts & LettersNew Books in Critical TheoryNew Books in Gender StudiesNew Books in Politics & SocietyNew Books in Popular CultureNew Books in SociologyNew Books Network December 18, 2018 Dave O'Brien
How does cultural taste regulate our lives? In Girls Like This, Boys Like That: Understanding the (Re)Production of Gender in Contemporary Youth Cultures (I.B. Tauris, 2018), Dr. Victoria Cann, a lecturer in humanities at the University of East Anglia, explores the regulatory role of taste in the reproduction of gender. The book draws on detailed fieldwork with schools in Norfolk, England, using a range of methods including digital approaches to understand young people’s experiences of taste and gender. The rich and detailed narratives of the young people are placed into dialogue with broader social and media theories, with crucial contributions to how we understand youth, gender, and taste. By showing how particular forms of cultural consumption and knowledge are valued, how others are given subordinate status, and the difficulty of transgressing boundaries, the book will be of interest to both social science and humanities readers, as well as anyone interested in the role of culture in contemporary society.