A study of women in contemporary popular music. What are the societal effects of the social construction of gender and sexuality within popular music on young women in contemporary society?
Wheeler, Rebecca Danielle
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Throughout the Twentieth Century, to the present day, the Entertainment Industry and the mass media has become an increasing important part of many individuals' daily lives in the form of 'Mass Culture'. This can especially be seen as a way in which many younger individuals may learn about society. What this dissertation seeks to do is to analyse the effects that one area of this 'mass culture' has on certain social groups in contemporary western society, in particular, the effect on adolescent girls, through representations of gender, sexuality, and consumer culture. This is conducted by discussing the images of young female singers within the media and researching what effects this may have on young women growing up in contemporary society. With more and more young girls within society seemingly growing up much quicker than ever before, is this partly due to images portrayed of young women in the media? The need for more studies of popular culture through an academic sense has become more important since the increasing 'Celebrity Culture' within Westem society. Individuals in the public eye such as these can often be seen in contrast to religion. Sociological theories of gender, feminism and identity are also analysed within the literature review to apply to the ideas of representations of women within the popular rnrsic inclustry and its societal effects. The Dissertation concludes with a discussion and overview of academic writings of areas of 'girl culture' and in what ways images within popular music can impact on society.
BA (Hons) Sociology and Popular Culture
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