Age, Gender and Sexuality through the Life Course

Age, Gender and Sexuality through the Life Course : The Girl in Time

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Age, Gender and Sexuality through the Life Course argues that the gendered structure of temporality (defined in the dual sense of everyday time as well as age and stage of life) is a key factor underpinning the stalling of the gender revolution. Taking as its central focus the idealized young woman who serves as the mascot of contemporary success, this book demonstrates how the celebration of the Girl is (i) representative of social mobility, educational and professional achievement; (ii) possesses diligence, docility, and emotional intelligence and (iii) displays a reassuring sexuality and youthfulness - but is constructed from the outset to have a fleetingly short life span.

Pickard undertakes a theoretical and empirical exploration of the contemporary female experience of education, work, motherhood, sexuality, the challenge of having-it-all. Furthermore, through additional analysis of the transitional `reproductive regime' from youth into mid-life and beyond, this insightful monograph aims to demonstrate how age and time set very clear limits to what is possible and desirable for the female self; yet how the latter factors also, if used reflexively, can also provide the key means of resisting and challenging patriarchy.

This book is aimed at a broad interdisciplinary audience located in gender studies, age studies, culture studies, sociology and psychology; accessible for advanced undergraduates and beyond.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 240 pages
  • 159 x 235mm
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1138854638
  • 9781138854635

About Susan Pickard

Susan Pickard is Reader in Sociology in the Department of Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology at the University of Liverpool, UK.
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Table of contents


Chapter One: Introduction: femininity and age, or, how time is not on our side

Chapter Two: The rise and fall of the Girl in time

Chapter Three: Structures of the female self

Chapter Four: The Girl in Time: every day time, time of life and the structures of femininity

Chapter Five: The self through time: feminine plots through the lifecourse

Chapter Six: Sexual liberation: another stalled revolution

Chapter Seven: Conclusion: Imagining alternatives to the Girl in Time

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