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Youth Marginality in BritainContemporary Studies of Austerity$
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Shane Blackman and Ruth Rogers

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781447330523

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447330523.001.0001

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Pramface girls? Early motherhood, marginalisation and the management of stigma

Pramface girls? Early motherhood, marginalisation and the management of stigma

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(p.105) Six Pramface girls? Early motherhood, marginalisation and the management of stigma
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Youth Marginality in Britain
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Mary Jane Kehily

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447330523.003.0007

Mary Jane Kehily considers the phenomenon of young motherhood in the UK through policy and popular discourse. She looks at how women make the transition to motherhood in new times, to argues that early motherhood occupies a distinctive place within the context of late modern social change, marked by changing gender relations and women’s increased participation in the workforce. At a time when most women are delaying the birth of their first child, differences between women may be polarised and compounded by the experience of becoming a mother. She explores the way social differences between women may be played out in the cultural sphere of representations and practices of consumption. She argues that the stigmatised figure of early motherhood, configured colloquially as the marginal ‘pramface girl’ can be understood within the context of the local – community, family, biography and intergenerational perspectives.

Keywords:   Youth Marginality, Emotion, Gender, Motherhood, Stigma, ‘Pram-faced,’, Identities, Working Class

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