Once were young: reflexive hindsight and the problem of teen parents (2014)
Type of ContentJournal Article
PublisherInforma UK Limited
AuthorsKamp A, Kelly Pshow all
Adults are the ones who do the social science that takes young people as its object. In this paper, we draw on empirical research, social theory, our background in Youth Studies and, for one of us, experiential knowledge as a 'former' teenage parent to trouble the practice of social science, in general, and Youth Studies, in particular. Using teenage pregnancy and parenting as a lens, the paper explores what it might mean to work at/on the limits of reflexive hindsight. We suggest that reflexive hindsight offers a particular, limited intervention into the knowledge practices of social science; one that makes explicit and plays with the ambivalence and ambiguity, even irony, of adult social scientists - who once were young - taking the behaviours and dispositions, the hopes, the fears and aspirations, the past, present and futures of young people as their objects. © 2014 Taylor & Francis.
CitationKamp A, Kelly P (2014). Once were young: reflexive hindsight and the problem of teen parents. Journal of Youth Studies. 17(7). 887-900.
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ANZSRC Fields of Research39 - Education::3904 - Specialist studies in education::390499 - Specialist studies in education not elsewhere classified
44 - Human society::4410 - Sociology::441009 - Sociology of family and relationships