Young female citizens in education: emotions, resources and agency

Gordon, Tuula, Holland, Janet, Lahelma, Elina and Thomson, Rachel (2008) Young female citizens in education: emotions, resources and agency. Pedagogy, Culture and Society, 16 (2). pp. 177-191. ISSN 1468-1366

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Abstract

In this article we are concerned with how young women’s subjectivities are constructed within relations of power, particularly in the context of schooling and the transition to adulthood. We focus on the possibilities and limitations for agency to be exercised by women in the education system and more generally, the resources that they can draw on, and how citizenship is implicated in this process. The process is fraught with emotion, the desire for educational achievement and for agency, ambivalence about appropriate femininity, contradictions in the route from dependence to independence. We draw on empirical research comparing young women’s experiences in Finland and the UK, placing those experiences in the broader social, cultural and political context.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Education and Social Work > Social Work and Social Care
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology > HM0481 Theory. Method. Relations to other subjects
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology > HM1001 Social psychology > HM1106 Interpersonal relations. Social behaviour
L Education
Depositing User: Pascale Fanning-Tichborne
Date Deposited: 18 Apr 2012 07:49
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2012 17:12
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/38570
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