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Hazel

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REBEL

ANTI-AMBITION

DISENGAGED

DEPRESSION

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THE BASICS

Sex:

FEMALE

Location:

RURAL

Interview age:

15 - 20

Class:

MC

Ethnicity:

WHITE

Hazel’s middle class professional parents left London during the 1980s and settled in a small village when she was two. Both with children from previous marriages, they settled in a large family house as their new family grew. They became openly unhappy together and embroiled Hazel as a mediator in their conflicts from when she was 12.  Hazel initially defined herself against the traditional, localised views and settled relationships of her rural peers, declaring she would ‘never get married’ and aiming to leave for a ‘non-9-to-5’ life in London. She began defining herself against her parents’ middle class professional culture, developing a strong anti-academicism, rejecting notions of social mobility and turning to symbols of urban youth culture as a means of constructing an alternative identity. In a remote rural monoculture, she was drawn to black urban music and had black boyfriends and friendships with gay men. Whilst continuing to live at home, she disengaged from education well before leaving school and became involved in club culture and drug use. She reached a crisis in her drug use at 18 and was materially supported by her parents whilst taking anti-depressants. Married at 18, she and her husband (a fellow ex-clubber) first lived in a caravan in her parents’ garden. At 19, they opted for manual jobs, a mortgage and a quiet life within the wider local area.

 

 

Hazel's Data

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INTERVIEWS

(transcript, audio tape, mp3 file)

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Date

Age

Interviewer

1.

28/11/97

14

SH

2.

24/06/99

15

SH

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4.

21/05/01

17

SH

5.

22/01/03

19

SH

6.

07/07/04

20

SH

OTHER DATA

 

 

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