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Gendered emotion work and the micro-practices of heterosexuality: Two middle-class teenage partner relationships

Holford, Naomi (2019). Gendered emotion work and the micro-practices of heterosexuality: Two middle-class teenage partner relationships. Women's Studies International Forum, 74 pp. 162–168.

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Abstract

This paper uses close analysis of two couples to examine the micro-practices and processes of gendered power within middle-class young people's intimate partner relationships. It is based on in-depth interviews with 14–16 year old young people in an affluent area of England. The paper argues that intimate relationships can be spaces of intense pleasure, as well as providing a site of calm and escape from the peer surveillance of the broader social network. However, they can also be oppressive sites of constriction and control, and reproduction of traditional gendered narratives; in these couples, the young women were rendered responsible for the “emotion work”. The young women, though, often disavowed and downplayed inequalities, negotiating the contradictory and schizoid nature of contemporary girlhood.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2019 Elsevier Ltd.
ISSN: 0277-5395
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Not SetES/G017867/1ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council)
Keywords: Emotion work; Heterosexuality; Heterosexual relationships; Young femininity; Teenage relationships
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Education, Childhood, Youth and Sport > Childhood, Youth and Sport > Childhood and Youth
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Education, Childhood, Youth and Sport > Childhood, Youth and Sport
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Education, Childhood, Youth and Sport
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Item ID: 60497
Depositing User: Naomi Holford
Date Deposited: 18 Apr 2019 08:41
Last Modified: 06 Jun 2019 21:16
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/60497
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