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Imagining adulthood: Resources, plans and contradictions

Thomson, Rachel and Holland, J (2002). Imagining adulthood: Resources, plans and contradictions. Gender and Education, 14(4) pp. 337–350.

DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00131910303249
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Abstract

In this paper we illustrate the contradictory consequences of female individualization by exploring young people's imagined futures, drawing on an analysis of 'lifelines' collected as part of an ongoing longitudinal qualitative study of young people's transitions to adulthood. We discuss the method and compare lifelines across the sample. We suggest that while there are areas of consensus (such as the hetero-normative goal of marriage and children by 35) the traditionally gendered transitions to adulthood are under pressure, a pressure that is exerted most strongly by working class young people. Through three contrasting case studies we illustrate how the ways in which young people imagine their futures are constrained by the resources and possibilities of their particular social locations.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2002 Routledge
ISSN: 0954-0253
Keywords: adulthood; education
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: 19636
Depositing User: Katy Gagg
Date Deposited: 25 Jan 2010 11:30
Last Modified: 06 Jun 2012 08:58
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/19636
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