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Daughters of Suburbia: Growing Up White, Middle Class, and Female

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"A deeply troubling, memorable account of teen girls learning the ways of whiteness, Kenny's ethnography helps us to see how a white norm is produced and maintained in suburbia and lets us eavesdrop as the girls police themselves and are policed by the media." --Maureen Reddy, author of Crossing the Color Line: Race, Parenting, and Culture "This book makes a significant co ...more
Paperback, 248 pages
Published November 1st 2000 by Rutgers University Press (first published 2000)
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Lauren
May 12, 2011 Lauren rated it liked it
I really wanted to like this book. Kenny's interest in investigating how white, middle class suburban girls are socialized to "become" these identities really resonates with me, but her execution sometimes misses the mark. She is very repetitive in stating her thesis and closes each chapter with too much summary and then too much preview of what's next - it's clear that this was dissertation work, and it almost feels like she is trying to fill space. She also, in my mind, misses the boat when tr ...more
Leslie Cook
Feb 16, 2012 Leslie Cook rated it really liked it
This book is one of the better examples of an authoethnography that I have read. I will encourage students considering pursuing this method for their dissertation. The way Kenny sets her life story within the context of other young women growing up in the same area helps the reader understand the concept of the "greenhouse effect" that she argues occurs in suburban areas. Her approach also detracts from the critique of "naval gazing" often lobbed at those who use autoethnographic research method ...more
Janet
Sep 09, 2012 Janet rated it it was ok
Growing up and raising my children on Long Island, this ethnography made me reflect on my own experiences. Long Island suburbia produces its own "normal" and the author makes some broad generalizations. Overall I was left disappointed.
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Jan 17, 2009 Sara added it
a little dense with ethnographic details at points but otherwise a good read.
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