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'Alternative' Narratives of Young People's Heterosexual Experiences in the UK

Maxwell, C; (2007) 'Alternative' Narratives of Young People's Heterosexual Experiences in the UK. Sexualities , 10 (5) pp. 539-558. 10.1177/1363460707083168. Green open access

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Abstract

Thirty-eight young men and women from contrasting social locations were interviewed in depth about their sexual relationships, with a focus on gender roles and attitudes, romantic relationship expectations and sexual experiences. Analysis of young people's narratives revealed that these moved relatively easily between `normative' and `alternative' frameworks when situating and accounting for attitudes and heterosexual practices. Despite some evidence for the existence of `nonhegemonic' narratives, young people often reverted to more normative models of heterosexual experience and expectations. Gender and prior negative (childhood) experiences appeared to influence young people's ideas about and expressions of `alternative' identities and practices while, within the context of this small-scale study, the impact of socio-economic status seemed relatively insignificant.

Type: Article
Title: 'Alternative' Narratives of Young People's Heterosexual Experiences in the UK
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1177/1363460707083168
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1363460707083168
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © 2007 by SAGE Publications. This manuscript version is made available under the terms of the SAGE Open Access Archiving Policy (https://uk.sagepub.com/en-gb/eur/the-green-route-%E2%80%93-open-access-archiving-policy).
Keywords: gender, heterosexuality, resistance, socio-economic status, young people
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1471655
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