'It's not about candy'. Music, sexiness and girls' serious play in after school care

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Title 'It's not about candy'. Music, sexiness and girls' serious play in after school care
Author Baker, Sarah Louise
Journal Name International Journal of Cultural Studies
Editor John Hartley
Year Published 2004
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Sage Publications Ltd.
Abstract This article explores the musical practices of a small group of pre-teen girls in an after school care centre in Adelaide, South Australia. These practices constituted 'serious play' as the girls attempted to transform and reconfigure the space through their engagement with popular music. The article illustrates how the girls challenged the power relations of the institutional setting both musically and sexually. It concludes that the music that the young girls listened to and the way they played with such music were 'not about candy'. Rather, the girls' musical engagement in after school care was related to constantly shifting fields of power and a struggle over western cultural beliefs regarding asexual childhood.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://online.sagepub.com/
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1367877904043236
Volume 7
Issue Number 2
Page from 197
Page to 212
ISSN 1367-8779
Date Accessioned 2008-05-15
Language en_AU
Research Centre Griffith Centre for Cultural Research
Faculty Faculty of Arts
Subject PRE2009-Sociology
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/24836
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1x

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