Pregnant with Meaning: Teen Mothers and the Politics of Inclusive Schooling

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List of Tables xiii
Chapter 1 Introduction: Locating the Study in Historical and Political Context 1
Dilemmas of Difference and the Ideal of Inclusive Schooling 5
A Critical Feminist Stance 8
Placing City and Town Schools in the Historical Context of School Inclusiveness 10
Placing British Columbia within the Current North American Political Mood 15
Pregnant Students: No Uniform Meaning 19
Chapter 2 Pregnant with Meaning: Teen Mothers as Catch-all Enemies 25
“Stupid Sluts” 27
“Children Having Children” 31
“Welfare Moms” 35
“Dropouts” 37
“Neglectful Mothers” 38
Flash Point: The Case of Teen Mothers Who Smoke 40
Images Refracted through Lenses of Gender, Sexuality, Class, and Race 42
Contradictory and Overlapping Negative Images 45
Chapter 3 The Good Choices Discourse: A Fashionable, Flawed Attempt to Avoid Stigma 47
The Good Choices Discourse: Spanning the Ideological Divide 48
The Choice to Have Premarital Sex 52

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