This article offers a comparative ethnographic examination of working-class Latina and middle-class white girls’ narratives of aspiration and expressions of self-cultivation in early twenty-first-century Silicon Valley, USA. I argue that such girls’ subject-making statements of aspiration and gendered practices of self-cultivation reflect their emotively charged negotiations of race and class differentiated ideals of feminine success, their experience of school and community spaces inscribed by hierarchies of race, class, and gender, and shifting political-economic circumstances. Moreover, I maintain that such statements and practices reveal girls’ engagements with an open-ended gendered dynamic of responsibilization.
|Translated title of the contribution||Responsible girls: The spatialized politics of feminine success and aspiration in a divided silicon valley, USA|
|Number of pages||15|
|Journal||Gender, Place and Culture|
|State||Published - 16 Mar 2015|