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WISERD Civil Society Seminar: "It's bringing new life in." Teenage parents and the intergenerational values of family life

Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research, Data & Methods (WISERD)

Thursday, 25 May 2017 from 17:30 to 19:00 (BST)

WISERD Civil Society Seminar: "It's bringing new life...

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When: Thursday 25 May 2017

Where: Council Chamber, Main Building, Cardiff University, Park Place, Cardiff, CF10 3AT, United Kingdom

Open to: Public, Staff and Students

Speaker: Dr Sally Brown, School of Applied Sciences, Edinburgh Napier University 

Refreshments: Tea/coffee on arrival (5:30-6pm)

This seminar focuses on the findings from a study of multigenerational experiences of teenage pregnancy and parenting. I interviewed teenage parents and parents-to-be, and members of their families who also had experience of teenage parenting.

In contrast to a policy approach which regards teenage pregnancy and parenting as problematic and leading to social exclusion, in many cases the families I spoke to welcomed a new baby into the family, although they may not have welcomed the pregnancy. From the point of view of the older generation, grandparenthood was regarded as a natural and desirable stage in the lifecourse, and was anticipated with pleasure. Teenage parenthood was acknowledged to be challenging, but family experience was called on to demonstrate that it was not a disaster. The teenagers themselves took heart from this, as they had evidence that it was possible to navigate a life as a young parent. In addition, for many of the young people it proved to be a turning point which encouraged their greater participation in education and employment. Rather than being a route to social exclusion, teenage parenting often resulted in a greater desire to participate in civil society, as the young people saw themselves as having responsibilities to their children which meant that they wanted to complete their education and find a good job.

I will discuss contrasting approaches to family values in terms of the social and cultural capital to be gained by providing the next generation, ensuring the continuation of the family, and also ensuring that the older generation can take up their position as grandparents. 


 

 

 

 

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Cardiff University
Council Chamber, Main Building
Park Place
CF10 3AT Cardiff
United Kingdom

Thursday, 25 May 2017 from 17:30 to 19:00 (BST)


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Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research, Data & Methods (WISERD)

The Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research, Data & Methods (WISERD) draws together social science researchers from a number of disciplines including sociology, economics, geography, political science and many more.

The Institute was established in 2008 and is based within the five Universities that make up the St David’s Day Group in Wales: Aberystwyth, Bangor, Cardiff, South Wales and Swansea.

WISERD is committed to capacity building within the social sciences in Wales, the UK and internationally.  The Institute offers a series of workshops, seminars and conferences, aimed at those with an interest in the social sciences.

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