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Starka kvinnor?: Förebilder och tjejer i musikproduktion och musikkonsumtion
Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Gender Studies.
Umeå universitet.
2013 (Swedish)In: Tidskrift för Genusvetenskap, ISSN 1654-5443, no 2-3, 111-129 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article focuses on the concept of ”strong women” in popularmusic and interrogates the idea of role models. Ideas of ”strongwomen” are analysed in the context of a contemporary Western society characterized by neo-liberalism and post-feminism. Advocacy of role models is regarded as an example of a political strategy that places the responsibility for social change on the individual. This is done from a feminist cultural theoretical perspective where discourse is seen as having an impact on material subjectpositions and where post-feminist culture is seen as part of contemporary discourse about Western women. These questionsare discussed through the analysis of two empirical materials consisting of interviews; one about teenage girls’ music use andgender in everyday life and the other about female musicians, mainly in their early twenties, participating in feminist musicassociations. In both studies the participants testify to a positive influence from female singers and musicians as role models, where these artists and musicians in different ways provide strength to the individual girl/woman. The authors regard this mediatised discourseas problematic but it is juxtaposed against the individual narratives where role models are regarded as very important. Questions concerning authenticity, politics and identification are vital themes in our analysis of their narratives. Popular music is, in some respects, described as an arena dominated by white men. Furthermore the research and public discussion about “strong women” and role models takes part in reproducing the hierarchies of popularmusic genres. These hierarchies are understood by the authors asrepresenting asymmetrical power relations of gender, ethnicity/raceand class.

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2013. no 2-3, 111-129 p.
Keyword [en]
Popular music, postfeminism, role models, authenticity, subcultures, whiteness, class
National Category
Gender Studies
Research subject
Critical and Cultural Theory
URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-19866OAI: diva2:653199
Available from: 2013-10-03 Created: 2013-10-03 Last updated: 2014-12-05Bibliographically approved

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