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      Vulnerability as a Precondition for Resistance and Agency: Young Women in a Regional Community

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      Journal of Applied Youth Studies
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      Vulnerability, Resistance, Agency, Regionality, Participatory arts

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          Any terms that designate certain groups of young people as more in need of support or intervention are likely to be contested. Identification of some young people as vulnerable can lead to tensions between rights and blame and between support and stigma. This paper draws on scholarship that posits vulnerability as emerging as part of specific social and historical conditions, and as a precondition for resistance and agency. We use publicly available data and information to focus on a community in a regional area in Australia and on a specific initiative for young women in that community. In relation to conditions, we detail salient characteristics of the region: north-west Tasmania. We show how structures of social, economic, and cultural inequalities provide the context for the vulnerability of young women living here. In this community, as elsewhere in Australia and globally, national economic reforms have accentuated social and economic disadvantage. We then move on to examine a participatory arts initiative, Project O, that works with young women in this region. We outline how Project O is an example of a practical way to harness the potential of vulnerability as a starting point for both resistance and agency, through positive connections with place and identity; by enabling young women to act on their aspirations; and by developing capabilities and providing recognition.

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                Contributors
                kitty.teriele@utas.edu.au
                Journal
                JAYS
                Journal of Applied Youth Studies
                Springer Singapore (Singapore )
                2204-9193
                2204-9207
                19 August 2021
                : 1-19
                Affiliations
                GRID grid.1009.8, ISNI 0000 0004 1936 826X, University of Tasmania, Peter Underwood Centre, ; Hobart, TAS Australia
                Author information
                http://orcid.org/0000-0002-8826-1701
                Article
                52
                10.1007/s43151-021-00052-6
                8375278
                f61ecfea-f028-455c-b567-48660e8ca9a4
                © The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2021

                This article is made available via the PMC Open Access Subset for unrestricted research re-use and secondary analysis in any form or by any means with acknowledgement of the original source. These permissions are granted for the duration of the World Health Organization (WHO) declaration of COVID-19 as a global pandemic.

                History
                : 23 December 2020
                : 20 July 2021
                : 26 July 2021
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                vulnerability,resistance,agency,regionality,participatory arts

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