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Cynthia

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IDENTITY

NATIONALITY

BODY IMAGE

DIFFERENCE

STRICT FAMILY

FRIENDSHIPS

EXCLUSION

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THE BASICS

Sex:

Female

Location:

NI

Interview age:

13-19

Class:

WC

Ethnicity:

White Caucasian

Cynthia’s life was disrupted when her family moved from Scotland to Northern Ireland at the beginning of her secondary school years. Plunged into a school and community environment where she felt different and excluded she struggled to come to terms with the loss of closeness with her grandparents and extended family in Scotland. Making and keeping new friendships proved difficult, for Cynthia, and her unhappiness in the first few years of her move was only tempered by her quiet resolve to return to Scotland at her first opportunity. Cynthia saw education as her passage back to Scotland, while her parents saw it as something she must achieve in - enrolling on a degree course was something she did as much for, and because of, her parents as herself. Through part time work Cynthia’s social and personal life expanded and she enjoyed the relative freedom it brought. Coming from a strict working class family background with a strong work ethic Cynthia was directed to fund her university studies through part time work – debt was not an option. Over the years Cynthia became more content and confident in her self and circumstance, and adopted a defiant stance with regard to her weight, nationality and personality.

 

Cynthia's Data

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INTERVIEWS

(transcript, audio tape, mp3 file)

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Date

Age

Interviewer

1.

25/05/98

13

SMG

2.

29/06/99

14

SMG

3.

21/03/00

15

SMG

4.

20/02/01

16

SMG

5.

05/02/03

18

SMG

6.

09/09/04

19

SMG

OTHER DATA

Questionnaire 1: hard copy

Focus group: 15/01/98 transcript, audio tape

Lifeline: hard copy

Emergent Focus group: 20/02/01 transcript, audiotape

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