Girlhood, Beauty Pageants, and Power: Trailer Park Royalty explores the phenomenon of child beauty pageants in rural communities
throughout the American South. In a bricolage of post-structural feminism, critical ethnographies, critical hermeneutics,
and cultural studies lenses, this book analyzes how the performance of participants-most from a lower socio-economic bracket-and
the power exercised by beauty pageant culture work to formulate girls' identities. Girlhood, Beauty Pageants, and Power also
examines how depictions in popular culture through film, videos, documentaries, and television shows add to the dialogue.
Author Elisabeth B. Thompson-Hardy suggests rural pageant culture works to create girlhood identity and shapes the way participants
view the world and themselves-through intricate cultural work in terms of gender and class. This book is intended for students
and teachers who are interested in dissecting rural girlhood and development, Southern American beauty standards, and the
effect of the media on girls' identities.