“Who comes first?” Teenage Girls, Youth Culture and the Provision of Youth Services in Cork

“Who comes first?” Teenage Girls, Youth Culture and the Provision of Youth Services in Cork

There has been scant treatment given to understanding the lives of teenage girls in Ireland, outside of studies of education. In this chapter, the author examines female public youth culture; that is, what teenage girls do away from their schools or workplace, and outside of their homes. The female teenagers who were the focus of this study lived in a mixed middle/working class parish in the city of Cork. What will be revealed is the degree to which patriarchal forces structure and limit the opportunities for female teenagers to participate in public youth culture, whether on the street or in more organised settings such as youth clubs. The research for this project was conducted in 1987 - 1988 in the urban parish of Ballinaclasha, in the city of Crok. It was part of a larger study on the efforts of community groups to initiate youth services in their area, and the problems they encountered. A wide range of mathods were used, including participant observation, interviews with youth people and those involved in youth services, and an examination of community association records.

AUTHORS: Stephen Gaetz
PUBLISHER: Institute of Irish Studies, Queen's University Belfast
PUBLICATION DATE: 1993
LOCATION: Canada