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Unformatted text preview: Danielle Shamroe Sociology of Gender T Tr 2:00-3:15 In Without a Map, Hall accurately illustrates the life-course development theories through her own conflicts and struggles growing up. However while parts of the lifespan theory are displayed in the novel, the memoir as a whole shows some conflict with the theory and Hall's life course development. In the memoir, the author depicts her life from a young girl who is suddenly forced out of the suburban lifestyle that she had grown so comfortably accustomed, and thrown into the real-world alone to fend for herself. Unfortunately, the consequences and burdens of early childbearing on deprived teens are undeniable. Subsequently, the teens must untangle the facts which contribute to teenage pregnancy from its effects; furthermore, outcomes of early pregnancy include educational failure, poverty, unemployment, and low self-esteem. In the memoir, Hall shows a deeper look into the process of growing up; also, because of her own unexpected pregnancy, she illustrates how one must cope with being a young mother and the snowball effects there after. From childhood, early adulthood, and middle adulthood, Hall consistently proves that " from the moment we are first conceived, to the day we die, we are constantly changing and developing ." Meredith Hall's memoir does an excellent job supporting Erik Erikson's development theory, as well as disprove other life course theories. Sociologist Jean Piaget claims that some life circumstances place girls at higher risk of teenage pregnancy. These include, poverty, poor school performance, growing up in a single parent household, or having a mother who was an adolescent mother. Dissimilarly, Hall grew up in a New Hampshire community in a middle class home, perfect attendance in Sunday school, close knit of classmates who were more like family, teachers who supported and held her up as a model student, and a mother and father who loved her unconditionally. Then, at sixteen, she became pregnant, and all at once those who had held her close and kept her safe turned their backs to her. The life course theory assumes that most teens that end up pregnant is from the cause of outside effects, yet Hall's memoir provides fallacy in the assumptions of the lifespan theory. After being kicked out of her main household, her father and stepmother reluctantly offered a place to stay until she gave birth to the child and gave him up for adoption. Once again, Hall was banned from another household and for the next decade she wandered, lost to herself. Since Hall has experienced off time transitioning when concerning moving out on her own has made her life already more stressful....
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This note was uploaded on 04/04/2011 for the course SOCI 1101 taught by Professor Karcher during the Fall '08 term at Gainesville State.
- Fall '08