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Young people's constructions of the self :late modern elements and gender differences

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dc.contributor.author O'Connor, Pat
dc.date.accessioned 2010-07-14T12:18:38Z
dc.date.available 2010-07-14T12:18:38Z
dc.date.issued 2006
dc.identifier.citation O'Connor, P. (2006) ‘Young People’s Constructions of the Self: Late Modern Constructs and Gender differences’, Sociology, 40 (1) 107-124 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/399
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract This article looks at the ways in which young people reflexively construct their self within a rapidly changing society. Drawing on texts written by young people aged 14–17 years, it explores the existence of patterns identified by theorists of late modernity as regards relationships, fateful moments, a search for authenticity, life plans and life styles and looks at gender-differentiated trends in these areas drawing on a ‘weak cultural feminist tradition’ (Evans, 1995: 91).These texts are part of a sub-sample of approximately 34,000 texts written by young people in a school context in response to an invitation to ‘tell their life stories’ by writing a page ‘describing themselves and the Ireland they inhabit’.The article suggests that gender is a repressed but crucially important framework in the construction of young people's sense of self, while also identifying areas where consumer society is eroding gender difference. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Sage en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Sociology;40/1/ p107-124
dc.relation.uri http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0038038506058437
dc.subject gender en_US
dc.subject late modern en_US
dc.subject reflexivity en_US
dc.subject self awareness en_US
dc.subject young people en_US
dc.title Young people's constructions of the self :late modern elements and gender differences en_US
dc.type Journal Article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.type.restriction none en

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