Citizenship, education and social responsibility: the biographical journey of young pregnant women in social protection environments

Sexuality and early pregnancy and childbirth are much debated in the current globalized modernity. Since these complex subjects involve rights, regulation and public social control issues, they are quite relevant in education. Based on the stories of a 17 years old Portuguese and a 19 years old Romanian young women, this paper reveals knowledge. Due to their early pregnancy and motherhood, both live in social protection institutions. The text interprets their speech and subjectivity regarding their experiences before and during guardianship, as well as their projects for the future. The discussion is framed by the relations between the intimate, sexual citizenship and education of each girl. It highlights the social regularities that mark out their lives and that of their child. It also addresses manifestations and regularities related to both gender and power such as: school dropout before pregnancy, unprepared sexuality and dificulties to negotiate safe sex

Youth; Biographies; Sexualities; Early pregnancy; Social protection institutions

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