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Dedicated Followers of Fashion? The Influence of Popular Culture on Children's Social Identities - by Sharon Boden

1. The article discusses how popular culture affects tweens in the UK. Is popular culture more or less salient on the identities and purchases of tweens in the US? Why?
2. Can you think of examples of cultural norms being affected by popular culture?
3. How do social status markers, like clothing style or brand, influence peer relations? Is there a difference in the status markers that influence peer relations as we age? What markers are important as children? As tweens? As young adults? As adults?
4. Is the idolization of cultural icons a good or a bad thing? When should we encourage this behavior? When should we discourage it? What social problems could it potentially create?
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Indeed, popular culture is more salient on identities along with the purchase of tweens in the U.S. The article reveals that the U.S. children have developed a vast desire not only to construct but also to present a fashioned body. This desire, according to the author, is prompted by two essential aspects of popular culture including (a) sport and associated brands, logos, and the fashion style of famous sports celebrities, and (b) pop music, the stars, their outfits, videos, overall lifestyle ad image, and their clothing lines. With the fashioned body mentality, the purchase of tweens surges (Boden, 2006)....

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