Would the 'real' girl gamer please stand up? Gender, LAN cafs and the reformulation of the 'girl' gamer

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Title Would the 'real' girl gamer please stand up? Gender, LAN cafs and the reformulation of the 'girl' gamer
Author Beavis, Catherine Alice; Charles, Claire
Journal Name Gender and Education
Year Published 2007
Place of publication Oxford, UK
Publisher Routledge
Abstract In this paper we consider the significance of cyber 'LAN' cafs as sites where on and off-line practices meet in way that complicates binary notions of the gendered gamer. Existing research into computer games culture suggests a male dominated environment and points to girls' lower levels of competence and participation in games. Building on recent studies interested in the constitution of gender through engagement with online technologies, we draw on Judith Butler's politics of performative resignification, and conceptualise digital culture as a resource through which 'girl' gamers are mobilised and potentially reformulated, experiencing their gaming identities in contradictory ways, and fragmenting the category 'girl' in the very act of articulating their place in a male dominated gaming culture. It is argued that through the meeting of on and off-line practices, LAN cafs operate as a location that is particularly amenable to reformulative work in relation to gendered gaming identities
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09540250701650615
Volume 19
Issue Number 6
Page from 691
Page to 705
ISSN 0954-0253
Date Accessioned 2010-03-10
Language en_AU
Research Centre Griffith Institute for Educational Research
Faculty Faculty of Education
Subject Studies in Human Society
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/32296
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1x

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