Setting the scene

Macleod, C. (2010) Setting the scene. In: `Adolescence, Pregnancy and Abortion: Constructing a Threat of Degeneration. Women and Psychology . Routledge, East Sussex (UK), pp. 1-12. ISBN 978-0-415-55339-1 (hbk); 978-0-415-55338-4 (pbk) (In Press)

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Abstract

Why, despite evidence to the contrary, does the narrative of the negative consequences of teenage pregnancy, abortion and childbearing persist? This book outlines a critical view of `teenage pregnancy' and abortion, arguing that the negativity surrounding early reproduction is underpinned by a particular understanding of adolescence. The book traces the invention of `adolescence' and the imaginary wall that the notion of `adolescence' constructs between young people and adults. It examines the entrenched status of 'adolescence' within a colonialist discourse that equates development of the individual with the development of civilization, and the consequent threat of degeneration that is implied in the very notion of `adolescence'. Many important issues are explored, such as the ideologies and contradictions contained within the notion of 'adolescence'; the invention of teenage pregnancy as a social problem; the construction of abortion as the new social problem; issues of race, culture and tradition in relation to teenage pregnancy; and health service provider practices, specifically in relation to managing risk. In the final chapter, an argument is made for a shift from the signifier `teenage pregnancy' to `unwanted pregnancy'. Using data gathered from studies in four continents, this book highlights central issues in the global debate concerning teenage pregnancy. It is suitable for academics, postgraduate and undergraduate students of health psychology, women's studies, nursing and sociology, as well as practitioners in the fields of youth and social work, medicine and counselling.

Item Type:Book Section
Additional Information:Final proof version deposited with permission from the publisher
Uncontrolled Keywords:teenage pregnancy, abortion, sex instruction, feminist, research, public discourse
Subjects:B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions:Faculty > Faculty of Humanities > Psychology
ID Code:1729
Deposited By: tracy morison
Deposited On:05 Jul 2010 07:30
Last Modified:06 Jan 2012 16:21
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