Boyfriends, babies and basketball

present lives and future aspirations of young women in a remote Australian Aboriginal Community

Kate Senior, Richard Chenhall

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    This paper explores the aspirations of a group of young women in a remote Aboriginal community in the Northern Territory of Australia. It examines how their hopes and expectations are influenced by the reality of their everyday lives and the extent to which they are able to influence the course of their lives and become agents for change in their own communities. As with adolescents in lower socio-economic groups, the majority of young women in River Town have not developed life goals or clear strategies of how to achieve these goals. The choices that young women have are constrained by their narrow range of experience, which is characterized by early pregnancies and the potential threat of male violence. However, young women have articulated specific domains where they are able to control and structure their lives. This paper discusses the experiences of young women in this remote Aboriginal community.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1-20
    Number of pages20
    JournalJournal of Youth Studies
    Volume15
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2012

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    Boyfriends, babies and basketball : present lives and future aspirations of young women in a remote Australian Aboriginal Community. / Senior, Kate; Chenhall, Richard.

    In: Journal of Youth Studies, Vol. 15, No. 3, 01.05.2012, p. 1-20.

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