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Subjectivity

, Volume 6, Issue 2, pp 225–227 | Cite as

New femininities: Postfeminism, neoliberalism and subjectivity

  • Emma Renold
Book Review

Rosalind Gill and Christina Scharff (Eds) Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, UK 2011, Hardback, 336pp., £60.00 (RRP), ISBN: 978-0230223349

New Femininitiesbrings together a collection of 20 original essays to interrogate how the subjectivities of girls and women are experienced and represented through some complex neoliberal and post-feminist sensibilities that have gained cultural hegemony in the last few decades. The collection sprang from an ESRC-funded 2-year seminar series of the same name, which, I remember, produced many exciting exchanges as participants from a range of disciplinary bases and theoretical orientations debated the changes and continuities of contemporary gender relations. Although there have been a proliferation of books, special issues and indeed journals dedicated to contemporary girlhood in recent years, this volume with chapters on pre-teens to late adulthood is not constrained by generational boundaries. Rather, the chapters illustrate how porous these...

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© Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Ltd 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  • Emma Renold
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  1. 1.School of Social Sciences, Cardiff UniversityCardiffUK

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