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Unfolding livesYouth, gender and change$
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Rachel Thomson

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781847420510

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847420510.001.0001

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Acting out: rebellion with a cause

Acting out: rebellion with a cause

(p.111) Seven Acting out: rebellion with a cause
Unfolding lives

Rachel Thomson

Policy Press

This chapter tells the story of Karin, a Northern Irish Protestant girl raging against the prejudices of her community, and investing her time and creativity into youth cultural rebellion. It draws on data generated by a series of four interviews with Karin between the ages of 16 and 19, as well as a memory book. Karin is typical of a new generation of upwardly mobile girls, acting out and entering higher education. Her story demonstrates the costs of social and geographical mobility as well as the way in which rebellions can be employed in the service of continuity. Questions of resistance and innovation are central motifs, as is as the struggle to secure recognition from others.

Keywords:   Karin, Irish Protestant girl, youth cultural rebellion, mobile girls, social mobility, geographical mobility, service of continuity, resistance, innovation, secure recognition

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