Volume 8, Issue 3 p. 259-267
Political Sociology

The Political Lives of Girls

Jessica K. Taft

Corresponding Author

Jessica K. Taft

Davidson College

Correspondence address: Jessica K. Taft, Davidson College, Davidson NC 28035, USA. E–mail: [email protected]Search for more papers by this author
First published: 18 March 2014
Citations: 25

Abstract

Girls are increasingly being publically celebrated as community leaders, models for ideal citizenship, and central to economic development. Contemporary girlhood is rich with political implications and significance. In this essay, I outline some of the scholarship on the public discourses that idealize girls as model neoliberal citizens and address important findings and contributions from empirical research on the political lives of girls: girls' political beliefs, political socialization, political identities, and their practices of political and civic engagement. There is a growing body of scholarship that suggests that studying the political lives of girls enables and requires a re-thinking of some key concepts in political sociology, including the meaning of politics, of engagement, and of citizenship for different populations.