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Imagining gendered adulthood: Anxiety, ambivalence, avoidance and anticipation

Gordon, Tuula; Holland, Janet; Lahelma, Elina and Thomson, Rachel (2005). Imagining gendered adulthood: Anxiety, ambivalence, avoidance and anticipation. European Journal of Women's Studies, 12(1) pp. 83–103.

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In this article, the authors draw on two qualitative, longitudinal studies of young people’s transitions to adulthood and how they construct these transitions over time in social, cultural and material terms. The authors focus on the hopes, anxieties and imagined futures of young women. They discuss the individualization thesis, and the contradiction for female individualization between expectations of equality and the reality of inequality between the genders. The debate is moved beyond ‘pitiful girls’ and ‘can-do girls’ by exploring how young women in the UK and Finland anticipate and try to avoid being locked into the lives of adult women.

Item Type: Journal Article
ISSN: 1461-7420
Keywords: comparative studies; gender; longitudinal; qualitative studies; transitions; young women;
Academic Unit/Department: Health and Social Care > Health and Social Care
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance (CCIG)
Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Item ID: 11698
Depositing User: Sandra Riekie
Date Deposited: 16 Sep 2008 05:05
Last Modified: 02 Dec 2010 20:12
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