Sex Roles (2012) 66:565–567 DOI 10.1007/s11199-011-0091-5 BOOK REVIEW Teenage Pregnancy as a Social Threat: A South African Perspective ‘Adolescence’, Pregnancy and Abortion: Constructing a Threat of Degeneration. Edited by Catriona Macleod, New York and East Sussex, Routledge, 2011. 168 pp. $27.50 (softcover) ISBN 978-0-415-55338-4 Lisa Arai Published online: 22 November 2011 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2011 The central, simple but compelling message in Catriona cence as a transitional state where young people are poised between childhood and adulthood is an oft-made one (see, Macleod’s book - that teenage pregnancy has been socially constructed as a problem - puts her among a growing for example, Hamburg and Takanishi 1989), but her number of academic commentators who have questioned exploration of what this means for the representation of the taken-for-granted idea that early pregnancy is always a teenage pregnancy as a social problem is detailed and problem (the so-called ‘revisionists’.Inthe UK,for skilfully done. Macleod identifies the ‘adolescent in example, see Duncan et al. 2010. For a US example, see transition’ as a key discourse and the one from which all Geronimus 2003, and Cherrington and Breheny 2005, for other discourses follow, including the ‘threat of degenera- New Zealand). tion’, where teenage
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