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Title: Performing the 'fun' self: how members of the Red Hat Society negotiate cultural discourses of femininity and ageing
Authors: van Bohemen, Samira
van Zoonen, Liesbet
Aupers, Stef
Keywords: Celebration
Gender negotiation
Life histories
Red Hat Society
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: © Sage
Citation: VAN BOHEMEN, S., VAN ZOONEN, L. and AUPERS, S., 2013. Performing the 'fun' self: how members of the Red Hat Society negotiate cultural discourses of femininity and ageing. European Journal of Cultural Studies, 16 (4), pp.424-439.
Abstract: Since its foundation in 1998 the “Red Hat Society” (RHS) has become a popular international movement of women over fifty that is known for its distinct group performances. Red Hatters show up in public spaces wearing red hats, purple clothing and – sometimes – red gloves, and engage in various fun and frivolous activities. Previous studies about the RHS have found that the RHS’s main appeal is that it creates an escape from women’s day-to-day life experiences. Such outcomes, however, ignore the fact that the RHS’s appeal is also motivated by the particular life histories of its members. To explore the relevance of these life histories, we conducted interviews with RHS members in the Netherlands. Our findings indeed show that to understand the cultural meaning of the RHS it is necessary to include a diachronic dimension in the research, articulating members’ current negotiations of femininity and aging with those of their past.
Description: This article was accepted for publication in the European Journal of Cultural Studies and the definitive version can be found at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1367549413484306
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1177/1367549413484306
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/13283
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1367549413484306
ISSN: 1367-5494
Appears in Collections:Published Articles (Communication, Media, Social and Policy Studies)

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