In 2003, Wendy Luttrell posed an important question: what might result if we were able to turn questions of judgement about pregnant and parenting teenagers into questions of interest about their sense of self and identity-making? This book takes up the challenge, offering a re/assemblage of what is, can be and perhaps should be known about teenage pregnancy and parenting in the context of the twenty-first century. The collection presents original contributions from leading commentators in four key contexts: the United States of America, the United Kingdom, Aotearoa New Zealand and the Republic of Ireland, all sites of elevated incidence of and/or concern around what is commonly articulated as the «problem» of teenage pregnancy and parenting. In offering a multi-disciplinary reading of the narratives of young men and women, this volume engages with the ambiguity shared by all of us in confronting the life transition that is pregnancy and parenting.
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Table of Contents
Conceiving a Re/Assemblage of Teenage Pregnancy and Parenting
Within and Apart: Re/Positioning the Education of Teenage Parents in Aotearoa New Zealand
What's Happening to My Body?: The Growing, Glowing and Grotesque Teenage Belly
Teen Mothering in the United States: Fertile Ground for Shifting the Paradigm
'It changed my life': Rethinking the Consequences of Teenage Fatherhood
Irish Television and the Assemblage of Personal Narratives of Teenage Pregnancy and Abortion
The Construction of Teenage Parenting in the Republic of Ireland
Irish Travellers and Teenage Pregnancy: A Feminist, Cultural, Relativist Analysis
Personal Decisions, Responsible Mothering: Un-picking Key Decisions Made by Young Mothers
Teenagers, Sexualities-Education Assemblages and Sexual Citizenship: A New Materialist Analysis
What If Becoming a Teenage Parent Saved Your Life?
The 'Missing' Parent: Teenage Fathers Talk About the Meaning of Early Parenthood