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Title: Teenagers and the pill : youth, respectability and responsibility in North-west England
Author: Fletcher, Rebecca
ISNI:       0000 0004 2670 5762
Awarding Body: University of Manchester
Current Institution: University of Manchester
Date of Award: 2009
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This thesis explores the connections and movements of the contraceptive pill (the Pill) in relation to its use by young women in a borough in the north west of England. It shows that rather than being an individual activity with one or two partners, teenage sex creates and perpetuates an immense array of reactions and interactions. The Pill itself emerges as a focal point for these interactions and it is through following the Pill that the wider concerns are illuminated. The research is based on over a year of fieldwork carried out amongst young people. professionals and organisations. It also centred on the local Teenage Pregnancy Team whose objectives include ensuring good sexual health service provision for young people. Through this variety of people and spaces, I have explored the Pill and its use by young women in contemporary Britain. I place the sexual behaviour of young people into a wider context of 'audit culture' and ideas of responsibility. Located within current concerns regarding materiality, auditing and morality, the Pill in this thesis emerges as a focal point for a range of concerns expressed by young women and professionals of which contraception is only one, and in which issues of respectability, responsibility and self-discipline come to the fore. The young women in this thesis were subject to a core tension. An emphasis is placed on the responsibility of the individual, which can be seen as a reflection of a contemporary focus on auditing and accountability, but importance is placed upon the group, which is where meaning is ascribed and respectability is defined. Through examining the use and inderstandings of the Pill, I show how these young women consider themselves as individuals responsible for actions that only acquire meaning through group recognition.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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