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Author Erdmans, Mary Patrice
Title On Becoming a Teen Mom : Life Before Pregnancy
Imprint Berkeley : University of California Press, 2015
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Edition 1st ed
Descript 1 online resource (390 pages)
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Note Intro -- Title -- Copyright -- Dedication -- Contents -- List of Illustrations -- Acknowledgments -- Introduction: The Backstory to the Baby -- 1. The Distraction -- 2. Young Young Mothers -- 3. Child Sexual Abuse -- 4. Violence against Women -- 5. Education -- 6. Contraception and Abortion -- Conclusion: Getting beyond the Distraction -- Appendix A: Listening to Life Stories -- Appendix B: Tables -- Notes -- References -- Index
In 2013, New York City launched a public education campaign with posters of frowning or crying children saying such things as "I'm twice as likely not to graduate high school because you had me as a teen" and "Honestly, Mom, chances are he won't stay with you." Campaigns like this support a public narrative that portrays teen mothers as threatening the moral order, bankrupting state coffers, and causing high rates of poverty, incarceration, and school dropout. These efforts demonize teen mothers but tell us nothing about their lives before they became pregnant. In this myth-shattering book, the authors tell the life stories of 108 brown, white, and black teen mothers, exposing the problems in their lives often overlooked in pregnancy prevention campaigns. Some stories are tragic and painful, marked by sexual abuse, partner violence, and school failure. Others depict "girl next door" characters whose unintended pregnancies lay bare insidious gender disparities. Offering a fresh perspective on the links between teen births and social inequalities, this book demonstrates how the intersecting hierarchies of gender, race, and class shape the biographies of young mothers
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Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2020. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries
Link Print version: Erdmans, Mary Patrice On Becoming a Teen Mom : Life Before Pregnancy Berkeley : University of California Press,c2015 9780520283411
Subject Teenage pregnancy -- United States.;Teenage girls -- United States -- Social conditions
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Alt Author Black, Timothy
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