Acting out: rebellion with a cause

Rachel Thomson

in Unfolding lives

Published by Policy Press

Published in print July 2009 | ISBN: 9781847420510
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447304104 | DOI:
Acting out: rebellion with a cause

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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

Chapter.  10304 words. 

Subjects: Marriage and the Family

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