What Now? Working-class lesbians’ post-school transitions

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In this article I explore working-class lesbians' post-school transtitions, from school and home settings and into - or out of - the workplace. For most respondents, unemployment immediately followed from school, being precisely what was expected. In many cases women deemed 'failures' while at school and unlikely to economically 'achive'. In describing their journeys beyond school, from youth to adulthood, I highlight the interconnections between class and sexuality and make a case for the consideration of class as a crucial component in considering the relationship between materiality and sexuality. To this extent I build upon important work on lesbian lives, exclusions and transitions, avoiding a deficit model whereby working-class lesbians' become pathologised in terms of class and sexuality.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)29-43
Number of pages15
JournalYouth and Policy
Issue number87
Publication statusPublished - 2005


  • class
  • sexuality
  • post-school transitions
  • economic achievement
  • exclusion

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