This collection of ground-breaking international essays address the educational, social, work and biographical experiences of young women who are routinely constructed as ‘at risk’ and on the margins. Drawing on research from an international range of scholars, this book brings together important new perspectives on the gendered dimensions of social exclusion and educational marginalisation. It offers practitioners as well as researchers insights into how to ‘research’ social marginalisation and reflections on projects and programmes that have attempted to do so. Chapters investigate key topics such as:
- early school leaving
- indigenous young women and schooling
- pregnant and parenting young women at school
- constructions of health, subjectivity and social class
- the politics of ethnicity.
Provocative and insightful, this book will make interesting reading to students and post-graduate students of education, youth studies, gender studies, sociology and social work.
Table of Contents
Introduction. New Times, Old Times and Gender Inequalities: Researching Young Women ‘On the Margins’ 1. Inventing Adulthoods: A Biographical Approach to Social Inclusion/Exclusion 2. The Art and Craft of Social Capital 3. "You Cannot Just Sit There and Just Accept What They Say…This Cannot Do, That Cannot Do": Identities of Ethnic Minority Indian Teenage Schoolgirls in Contemporary Postcolonial Malaysia 4. Closing the Space: Cross Cultural Learning for Schools 5. Preferred Subject and Shadow: Subject Positions Offered to Poor and Working Class Young Women and Girls by Mutual Obligations Policies 6. How Current ‘Policy Hysteria’ is Enacted for Teenage Mothers at School 7. The Human Face of ‘Effective Schooling’ for Marginalised Young Women 8. Female Youth Homelessness in Urban Canada: Space, Representation and the Contemporary Female Subject 9. Assembling Selves: The Classed and Gendered Constructions of ‘Good Student’ and ‘Good Girl’ in the Schooling Experiences of Young Women who Left ‘Early’ 10. Feminism, Social Justice, and Longing for a Better Life-Towards a Sociology of Hope 11. "At School I am Just Like Everyone Else": Teenage Pregnancy, Schooling and Educational Outcome 12. Constituting the ‘At Risk’ Other: Social Class and Young Women’s Constructions of Health
Julie McLeod is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Education, Deakin University, Australia
Andrea C. Allard is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Education, Deakin University, Australia