Authenticity and Aspiration: Exploring the CBBC Television Tween

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Abstract

In this article, I argue that while the tween is understood as having transnational relevance and mobility, this is often emphasized in ways that overlook the national and cultural specificities of tween culture. I argue that the distinctive context of British television history augments the connections between national and transnational paradigms of tween culture in important ways. While authenticity, friendships, and honesty remain foregrounded in a number of Children’s British Broadcasting Corporation (CBBC) shows, these are constructed through a national discourse that connects to transnational models of the tween girl but also mobilizes a cultural specificity that is inextricable from the broadcasting context in which it is produced.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8-24
JournalGirlhood Studies
Volume11
Issue number1 (Spring)
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2018

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