Pop in(to) the bedroom: Popular music in pre-teen girls' bedroom culture

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Title Pop in(to) the bedroom: Popular music in pre-teen girls' bedroom culture
Author Baker, Sarah Louise
Journal Name European Journal of Cultural Studies
Year Published 2004
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Sage Publications Ltd.
Abstract Drawing on ethnographic research with seven young girls in Adelaide, South Australia, this article examines the centrality of the bedroom in the girls' exploration of popular music and cultural identity. In particular, it explores the popular music practices of two of these girls, nine-year-olds Kate and Rosa, in the space of their bedrooms. I argue that, by way of serious play, the girls enact and represent alternative possibilities in this immediate life space. The hard work in their musical play was not only observed in the process of fieldwork, but was also captured by the girls themselves using still cameras and tape recorders provided as part of the research project. The resulting materials from this ethnographic approach highlight that although girls' bedrooms may seem rather ordinary, the musical practices that take place in this experiential space are complex, highly nuanced and far from trivial. As I demonstrate in this article, the girls' play in their bedrooms is accompanied by an underlying seriousness, what Turner calls the 'human seriousness of play'.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://online.sagepub.com/
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1367549404039861
Volume 7
Issue Number 1
Page from 75
Page to 93
ISSN 1367-5494
Date Accessioned 2008-05-15
Date Available 2009-07-24T06:35:18Z
Language en_AU
Research Centre Griffith Centre for Cultural Research
Faculty Faculty of Arts
Subject PRE2009-Sociology
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/24825
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1x

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