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Emer

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PARENTAL SPLIT

ACHIEVER

WORK ETHIC

PLACE/RELOCATION

SOCIAL MOBILITY

INDEPENDENCE

DETERMINATION

LIFE EVENTS

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THE BASICS

Sex:

Female

Location:

NI

Interview age:

15-21

Class:

WC

Ethnicity:

White Caucasian

Originally from the south, Emer moved to Northern Ireland with her mother and brother aged 11 when her parents separated. But despite integrating well, she continued to identify with the south as lively and full of opportunities while seeing the north as dull, restrictive and the place she would need to leave to get on. Although proud of her working class background she saw education as the way forward. She expected to work hard and did so, at school and in a series of pt jobs and while her family could offer little in terms of social capital she proved adept at building her own. Stability and emotional support came from her mother and from a 5 year relationship which provided the security and stability she lost when her family split. While she got on with her father and had regular contact, he was not seen as dependable. After A levels and a trip to America, Emer headed south with her boyfriend, studied media and experimented with ‘home making’. Despite experiencing a string of losses including deaths of family and friends, she remained strong and determined, attributing her early maturity to life events and her response to them. A year later, after returning to the north and working as a classroom assistant Emer was finally able to make the break she had been working towards when she chose to leave behind her family and boyfriend for an education degree in England.

 

Emer's Data

DATA ANONYMISATION

Interview transcripts have been digitized and anonymised. For more information on the anonymisation process, click here. Unanonymised digital audio versions of the interviews will be released by Qualidata in 2058.

INTERVIEWS

(transcript, audio tape, mp3 file)

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Date

Age

Interviewer

1.

20.05.98

15

SMG

2.

12.05.99

16

SMG

3.

20.03.00

17

SMG

4.

06.03.01

17

SMG

5.

05.08.03

20

SMG

6.

25.08.04

21

SMG

OTHER DATA

Questionnaire 1: hard copy

Focus group: 06/11/97 transcript, audio tape

Questionnaire 2: hard copy

Emergent Focus group: 08/12/00 transcript, audiotape

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