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ERIC Number: EJ883232
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-May
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0954-0253
Agency in Action--Young Women and Their Sexual Relationships in a Private School
Maxwell, Claire; Aggleton, Peter
Gender and Education, v22 n3 p327-343 May 2010
Agency among young women is often understood as fleeting in nature, and studies rarely offer insights into how agency could become a more sustained position. Using data from 54 young women discussing their sexual and intimate relationships, this paper suggests a new way of understanding agency beyond that found in work which stresses agentic practice as resistance or the challenging of dominant expectations and understandings. Instead, through the notion of "agency in action" we begin with young women's conceptualisations of power. In this study, power was viewed as a resource that is shared between partners, but also a capacity of the self. These conceptualisations offer two new ways of understanding agency in intimate relations--either through "reacting into action" and "taking power back"; or by "starting from" a "powerful" position. Central to an understanding of young women's agency is the role of emotions and recognition of these as motivators for change. (Contains 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)