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The schizoid construction of Miley Cyrus: Reframing media sexualisation discourse and media effects on children

Ruwaard, Haylee (2017) The schizoid construction of Miley Cyrus: Reframing media sexualisation discourse and media effects on children. Masters by Coursework thesis, Murdoch University.

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Abstract

This thesis examines the media sexualisation debate in Australia and the potential effects that sexualisation has on children’s identity formation. It analyses pop culture images via semiotics, to gauge the subjectivity inherent in the media’s representation of identities. Via the theoretical work of Rosi Braidotti, Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari, this thesis locates an emerging human equipped with multiple identity subjectivities, surpassing the limits of the organic body. Subsequently, the body that is dangerously sexualised is only one potential signification among many, that exist simultaneously within texts. This research questions societal concerns about the impact of sexualised media on children’s identities.

Publication Type: Thesis (Masters by Coursework)
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Arts
Supervisor: Trees, Kathryn
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/38241
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