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Fay

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SENSE OF DIFFERENCE

GRANDPARENTS

THE COUNTRYSIDE

ILL-HEALTH

RELATIONSHIP

 

 

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THE BASICS

Sex:

FEMALE

Location:

RURAL

Interview age:

13 - 19

Class:

WC

Ethnicity:

WHITE

Fay was born and brought up in the environs of the same rural village where her maternal grandparents were pillars of the local community. Their large house and working land figured as an important resource for her as she grew up: providing space and peace in contrast to living with her parents and two siblings, time with animals and money in return for work. Although she moved briefly to a neighbouring town to live with her boyfriend and travelled to others for work, Fay maintained a strong sense of this place being home and valued the sense of community afforded by rural village life. Despite expressing a distance from her mother, Fay increasingly drew on her cultural capital in shaping her own future. An initial aspiration to become a PE teacher dissolved at the point of transition from compulsory schooling – when she found 6th form to be ‘not me’. However, she capitalised on her personal attributes and followed her mother’s successful career in sales - her bubbly and sociable personality becoming a professional mode. Almost continuously in relationships throughout the study, Fay reproduced her mother’s history by having an unplanned baby at the age of 19. This rapid transition from the career she envisaged and enjoyed to young motherhood did not seem to flaw her at all. She adapted swiftly, calling in all her family resources to construct a settled domestic life with the baby’s father.

 

 

Fay's Data

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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.

22/06/98

13

SH

2.

23/06/99

14

SH

3.

13/05/00

15


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5.

22/03/03

18

SH

6.

21/10/04

19

DH

OTHER DATA

 

 

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