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dc.contributor.advisorBrunsma, David L.eng
dc.contributor.authorMedina, Veronica E.eng
dc.coverage.spatialUnited Stateseng
dc.date.issued2007eng
dc.date.submitted2007 Springeng
dc.descriptionThe entire dissertation/thesis text is included in the research.pdf file; the official abstract appears in the short.pdf file (which also appears in the research.pdf); a non-technical general description, or public abstract, appears in the public.pdf file.eng
dc.descriptionTitle from title screen of research.pdf file (viewed on October 30, 2007)eng
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references.eng
dc.descriptionThesis (M,A.) University of Missouri-Columbia 2007.eng
dc.descriptionDissertations, Academic -- University of Missouri--Columbia -- Sociology.eng
dc.description.abstractPleasant T. Rowland designed The American Girls Collection with the goal of providing a line of toys and books to "enrich the lives of American girls by fostering pride in traditions of growing up female in America and celebrating the lifestyle of girls today." However, American Girl presents a whitewashed version of girlhood and nationhood. This project addresses how American Girl constructs constrained, yet commercially profitable, Native American and Latina racial and ethnic identities for its consumers through the characters Kaya and Josefina. Historical omissions and misrepresentations contribute to perpetuating the myth that the legacies of internal colonization experienced by Native Americans and Latinos are individual problems, rather than structural ones. Additionally, theorizing internal colonization in The American Girls Collection cannot take place outside of addressing how American Girl creates self-reinforcing cultural industries to produce and market its products and a particular set of "American" ideologies and values for consumption by young girls.eng
dc.identifier.merlinb61226324eng
dc.identifier.oclc180155370eng
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10355/4975
dc.identifier.urihttps://doi.org/10.32469/10355/4975eng
dc.languageEnglisheng
dc.publisherUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaeng
dc.relationAmerican girl (Middleton, Wis.)eng
dc.relation.ispartofcommunityUniversity of Missouri-Columbia. Graduate School. Theses and Dissertations. Theses. 2007 Theseseng
dc.subject.lcshRowland, Pleasant Teng
dc.subject.lcshAmerican Girl (Firm)eng
dc.subject.lcshGirls -- Social aspectseng
dc.subject.lcshToys -- Social aspectseng
dc.subject.lcshHandicraft for girlseng
dc.titleTheorizing American girleng
dc.typeThesiseng
thesis.degree.disciplineSociology (MU)eng
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaeng
thesis.degree.levelMasterseng
thesis.degree.nameM.A.eng


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