Teenage pregnancy and the construction of adolescence: Scientific literature in South Africa

Macleod, C. (2003) Teenage pregnancy and the construction of adolescence: Scientific literature in South Africa. Childhood, 10 (4). pp. 419-437. ISSN 0907-5682

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Abstract

The depiction of teenage pregnancy as a social problem relies on the assumption of adolescence as a separable stage of development. Utilising a Derridian framework, I analyse how the dominant construction of adolescence as a transitional stage: (1) acts as an attempt to decide the undecidable (viz. the adolescent who is neither child nor adult, but simultaneously both) – an attempt which collapses in the face of teenage pregnancy; (2) relies on the ideal adult as the endpoint of development, and (3) has effects in terms of gendered and expert/parent/adolescent power relations.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Teenage pregnancy; adolescence; scientific literature.
Subjects:Y Unknown > Subjects to be assigned
Divisions:Faculty > Faculty of Humanities > Psychology
ID Code:740
Deposited By: tracy morison
Deposited On:29 Jun 2007
Last Modified:06 Jan 2012 16:18
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