Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name



Communication Studies


Sociology, Social Structure and Development.



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This thesis presents a socialist feminist perspective on the ideology contained in Ann M. Martin's girls' fiction series, The Baby-sitters Club. An introduction to The Baby-sitters Club, and to the marketing process involved in series of its type, is followed by an overview of the development of the concepts of ideology and hegemony, with emphasis on Antonio Gramsci and Stuart Hall. Through textual analysis of the feminist materialist vein, 50 Baby-sitters Club books are examined under the following themes--Female friendship and female rivalry, Family situations and older women, Gender relations, sex and romance, Work, play, pastimes and entertainment and Race and class. In each theme, the books include seemingly "progressive" elements, including girls in successful group enterprises, working women and a multi-racial set of characters. However, the theory of logical typing, with the elements of contradiction and paradox, is used to identify the hegemonic structures in the books--hegemonic structures designed to help keep the system of capitalist patriarchy in place. (Abstract shortened by UMI.) Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 31-04, page: 1608. Thesis (M.A.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 1992.