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Literacy-lite in BarbieGirlsTM


Carrington, V and Hodgetts, K, Literacy-lite in BarbieGirlsTM, British Journal of Sociology of Education, 31, (6) pp. 671-682. ISSN 0142-5692 (2010) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1080/01425692.2010.515109


While the attention of researchers has focused on video games, texting and, more recently, the growth of social networking sites such as and Facebook, virtual worlds have emerged as a site of significant cultural and textual relevance for young people. A total of 6.2 million children aged between six and 12 years of age ventured into a virtual world in the 12 months between April 2007 and April 2008. Media and gaming industry analysts predict that by 2011 more than one-half of all children in that age group will be visiting virtual worlds regularly, going more often and staying longer. Paying attention to the kinds of online and offline practices these worlds promote in relation to identity and text is, for educators, both interesting and important. This article examines one of the most popular current sites for young girls, Mattel's BarbieGirlsTM. In particular, the paper will pick up on issues of consumption and gender as a background context to a consideration of the textual practices modeled and made available in this particular virtual world.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:digital, gender, literacy, virtual worlds
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Education systems
Research Field:Teacher education and professional development of educators
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in education
UTAS Author:Carrington, V (Professor Victoria Carrington)
ID Code:144457
Year Published:2010
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2021-05-25
Last Modified:2021-07-29

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