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‘What Now? Working-class lesbians’ post-school transitions’

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Yvette Taylor


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In this article I explore working-class lesbians’ post-school transitions, from school and home settings and into – or out of – the workplace. For most respondents, unemployment immediately followed from school, being precisely what was expected. In many cases women were deemed ‘failures’ while at school and unlikely to economically ‘achieve’. In describing their journeys beyond school, from youth to adulthood, I highlight the interconnections between class and sexuality and make a case for the consideration of class as a crucial component in considering the relationship between materiality and sexuality. To this extent I build upon important work on lesbian lives, exclusions and transitions, avoiding a deficit model whereby working-class lesbians’ become pathologised in terms of class and sexuality.

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Author(s): Taylor Y

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Youth and Policy

Year: 2005

Volume: 87

Pages: 29-43

Print publication date: 01/03/2005

ISSN (print): 0262-9798