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Alpha Girls: Understanding the New American Girl and How She is Changing the World


reviewed by Pamela Jean Bettis & Natalie Guice Adams — March 28, 2007

coverTitle: Alpha Girls: Understanding the New American Girl and How She is Changing the World
Author(s): Dan Kindlon
Publisher: Rodale Books, New York
ISBN: 1594862559 , Pages: 352, Year: 2006
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Dan Kindlon, author of the bestseller Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys (2000), considers the current status of girls in his newest book and argues that the new psychology of girls (i.e., a psychology of emancipation) has produced a dramatically different kind of girl from her 1990s predecessor—the girl in crisis. This new girl, which he coins the Alpha Girl, is poised to change the world, economically, politically, and socially. Kindlon frames the new girl of the 21st century as a hybrid, one who embodies the best traits of masculinity (thanks to the increasing involvement of fathers in the lives of their daughters) and femininity (thanks to a changing workforce that now recognizes the value of traditional feminine characteristics such as collaboration, teamwork, and empathy). The Alpha Girl is confident, assertive, competitive, autonomous, future oriented, willing to take risks, and uninterested in marriage, boyfriends, and sexualized femininity. Kindlon’s book... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: March 28, 2007
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 13975, Date Accessed: 10/20/2017 8:31:27 AM

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  • Pamela Bettis
    Washington State University
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    PAM BETTIS is associate professor in the Cultural Studies and Social Thought in Education program at Washington State University. She is co-author (with Natalie Guice Adams) of Geographies of Girlhood: Identities In-Between (2005) and Cheerleader! An American Icon (2003). They see themselves as part of the emerging field of Girls Studies, and are currently exploring how the concept of nice operates in the lives of girls and women.
  • Natalie Adams
    University of Alabama
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    NATALIE GUICE ADAMS is Assistant Dean of the Graduate School, University of Alabama. She is co-author (with Pamela Jean Bettis) of Geographies of Girlhood: Identities In-Between (2005) and Cheerleader! An American Icon (2003). They see themselves as part of the emerging field of Girls Studies, and are currently exploring how the concept of nice operates in the lives of girls and women.
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