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Joss

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FREE THINKER

POPULAR CULTURE AS RESOURCE

DIFFERENCE

CREATIVE

EMOTIONAL DISTANCE

ADULTHOOD RELUCTANCE

BISEXUALITY

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THE BASICS

Sex:

Male

Location:

NI

Interview age:

15-21

Class:

MC

Ethnicity:

White Caucasian

Joss comes across as a strong individualist, who, in the words of others, ‘thinks too much’ and, in his own words, doesn’t ‘go along with the crowd’, ‘agree 100% with anyone’ or ‘trust anyone’. Joss’ individualism is expressed through a number of vehicles and contexts: national identity, faith, independence of thought and emotional distance/independence. He conveys a strong sense of being ‘other’ in the wider context of a Christian and sectarian Northern Ireland based on both his family faith and national identity. The internet provided access to support and friendship networks which were not readily available to him locally or through school. Being different and removed from mainstream popular culture set Joss apart and made him a target for bullying at school. The learning environment and culture of Further Education College suited Joss better and gave him confidence to express himself more confidently and to focus on his ambitions to work within the film and media industry. A very private person, Joss was reluctant to talk about his emotions, relationships or sexuality for much of the study. However, in later interviews, he talked about his bisexuality.

 

Joss’s Data

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INTERVIEWS

(transcript, audio tape, mp3 file)

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Date

Age

Interviewer

1.

21.05.98

15

RT

2.

13.03.99

16

SMG

3.

17.02.00

17

SMG

4.

15.03.01

18

SMG

5.

05.02.03

19

SMG

6.

28.04.04

21

SMG

OTHER DATA

Focus Group 06/11/97

Questionnaire 1

Questionnaire 2

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