Some Wore Bobby Sox: The Emergence of Teenage Girls' Culture, 1920-1945 - Girls' History and Culture (Paperback)
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Some Wore Bobby Sox: The Emergence of Teenage Girls' Culture, 1920-1945 - Girls' History and Culture (Paperback)

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Images of teenage girls in poodle skirts dominated American popular culture on the 1950's. But as Kelly Schrum shows, teenage girls were swooning over pop idols and using their allowances to buy the latest fashions well beforehand. After World War I, a teenage identity arose in the US, as well as a consumer culture geared toward it. From fashion and beauty to music and movies, high school girls both consumed and influenced what manufacturers, marketers, and retailers offered to them. Examining both national trends and individual lives, Schrum looks at the relationship between the power of consumer culture and the ability of girls to selectively accept, reject, and appropriate consumer goods. Lavishly illustrated with images from advertisements, catalogs, and high school year books, Some Wore Bobby Sox is a unique and fascinating cultural history of teenage girl culture in the middle of the century.

Publisher: Palgrave USA
ISBN: 9781403973979
Number of pages: 209
Weight: 349 g
Dimensions: 235 x 155 x 15 mm
Edition: 2004 ed.


MEDIA REVIEWS
""Some Wore Bobby Sox is a lively and insightful exploration of the interplay between an emergent teenage girls' identity and the growth of a teenage girls' market in the decades before World War II. Kelly Schrum makes a significant contribution to our understanding of several dynamic areas of research--studies of girls and girlhood, American popular culture, and consumer culture."--Kathy Peiss, author of" Hope in a Jar: The Making of America's Beauty Culture
"By using a wide variety of sources, Kelly Schrum provides us with the first convincing examination of female teenage culture as it began to form in the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s. This spirited book is written with verve and insight. It clearly defines the historical issues as it demonstrates how teenagers used an evolving consumer market to fashion their own collective and individual identities, and how commercial and other interests moved to contain and direct young women. This is an illuminating study of an important modern age group that deserves to be widely read."--Paula Fass, author of "Kidnapped: Child Abduction in America and editor of "Childhood in America
"This book is riveting and absorbing. Like Kathy Peiss and Paula Fass, Kelly Schrum is doing ground-breaking work in popular culture and gender. "Some Wore Bobby Sox is destined to be a key addition to the field of girls' cultural studies. It is hard to think of anyone curious about girls' and women's lives who wouldn't find this lively study fascinating."--Sherrie Inness, author/editor of" Delinquents and Debutantes: Twentieth-Century American Girls' Cultures and "Action Chicks
"Clearly written, amply illustrated with rare source material, and full fascinatingilluminations of a history we have barely begun to learn, this book is ideal for undergraduates and advanced scholars alike and makes a substantial contribution to the growing field of girls' studies."--Ilana Nash, Western Michigan University
""Some Wore Bobby Sox" is a lively and insightful exploration of the interplay between an emergent teenage girls' identity and the growth of a teenage girls' market in the decades before World War II. Kelly Schrum makes a significant contribution to our understanding of several dynamic areas of research--studies of girls and girlhood, American popular culture, and consumer culture."--Kathy Peiss, author of" Hope in a Jar: The Making of America's Beauty Culture"
"By using a wide variety of sources, Kelly Schrum provides us with the first convincing examination of female teenage culture as it began to form in the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s. This spirited book is written with verve and insight. It clearly defines the historical issues as it demonstrates how teenagers used an evolving consumer market to fashion their own collective and individual identities, and how commercial and other interests moved to contain and direct young women. This is an illuminating study of an important modern age group that deserves to be widely read."--Paula Fass, author of "Kidnapped: Child Abduction in America" and editor of "Childhood in America"
"This book is riveting and absorbing. Like Kathy Peiss and Paula Fass, Kelly Schrum is doing ground-breaking work in popular culture and gender. "Some Wore Bobby Sox" is destined to be a key addition to the field of girls' cultural studies. It is hard to think of anyone curious about girls' and women's lives who wouldn't find this lively study fascinating."--Sherrie Inness, author/editor of" Delinquents and Debutantes: Twentieth-Century American Girls' Cultures" and "Action Chicks"
"Clearly written, amply illustrated with rare source material, and full fascinating illuminations of a history we have barely begun to learn, this book is ideal for undergraduates and advanced scholars alike and makes a substantial contribution to the growing field of girls' studies."--Ilana Nash, Western Michigan University

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