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Imagining Gendered Adulthood

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Gordon, Tuula; Holland, Janet; Lahelma, Elina; Thomson, Rachel

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Abstract 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.
Keywords gender
Free Keywords comparative studies; longitudinal; qualitative studies; transitions; young women;
Document language English
Publication Year 2005
Page/Pages p. 83-103
Journal European Journal of Women's Studies, 12 (2005) 1
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1350506805048857
Status Postprint; peer reviewed
Licence PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)