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Mixed MessagesNorms and Social Control around Teen Sex and Pregnancy$
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Stefanie Mollborn

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190633271

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190633271.001.0001

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“Carrying a Stigma”

“Carrying a Stigma”

Communities and Teen Sexuality

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(p.144) 6 “Carrying a Stigma”
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Mixed Messages
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Stefanie Mollborn

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190633271.003.0006

Communities are the outer circle of the social worlds interviewees described when talking about norms and social control around teen sex and teen pregnancy. Families, peers, and schools are embedded in communities. People and institutions in the community try to control teens’ access to opportunities for sex, contraception, and abortion. They can strengthen their control by collaborating or weaken it through conflict. The threat of social sanctions from the community affects teens’ behaviors and their public portrayals of those behaviors, as well as other people’s enforcement of teen sexuality norms. Although the norm sets and metanorms in a community are usually confusing and contradictory, an underlying moral or practical rationale provides a cohesive logic. These rationales, which tend to track with the importance of religion in the community, combine with its socioeconomic status to shape teens’ behaviors and their public portrayals and justifications of these behaviors.

Keywords:   norm, social control, teen sex, teen pregnancy, communities, norm set, conflict, socioeconomic status, religion, sanction

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