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Adele

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CROSSING BOUNDARIES

AMBITION

NIGHT-TIME ECONOMY

SECTARIANISM AND INTIMIDATION

BENEFIT TRAP

TRAPPED

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THE BASICS

Sex:

FEMALE

Location:

NI

Interview age:

16 - 23

Class:

WC

Ethnicity:

WHITE

When we first met Adele she presented as someone with spirit and drive, someone who wanted to escape what she regarded as the restrictions of small town, small minded, sectarian living. She regarded herself as a ‘risk taker’ and as ‘different’ and sought a career that would allow her to move and to travel and to experience life to the full. She left school at 16 with few qualifications and enrolled at FE college. New social networks opened up, she became an active party goer, lapped up the emerging dance scene and was introduced to drugs – initially cannabis, but later others. Arguments at home increased, as did the nights she spent on friends’ sofas. Her social network was mixed in that she now had friends from the Catholic community. Her boyfriend was Catholic. Relations at home deteriorated and Adele applied, as homeless and NEET (she gave up her course at FE) for social housing. She was allocated a house in a predominately Protestant area but was intimidated out of this. Re-housed, Adele fell into a life on benefits, a social scene that revolved around house parties and drugs and shattered dreams.

 

 

Adele's Data

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INTERVIEWS

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Date

Age

Interviewer

1.

27/05/98

16

RT

2.

04/10/99

18

SMG

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6.

04/02/05

23

SMG

OTHER DATA

 

 

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