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Keith

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COSMOPOLITAN

ACHIEVER

NETWORKER

WORK ETHIC

CREATIVE ARTS

CLASS CONSCIOUS

CLOSE FAMILY

EARLY LOVE

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THE BASICS

Sex:

Male

Location:

Rural

Interview age:

15-20

Class:

MC

Ethnicity:

White Caucasian

In the context of a tight-knit school and inward-looking rural community, Keith adopted a cosmopolitan, internationalist and independent-thinking identity from an early age, experiencing a far greater range of other lifestyles and cultures than his peers through travel. An all-rounder, he maintained a balance between a number of different social worlds and associated identities. With a strong sense of self-sufficiency, Keith drew on all resources available to him, doing well at school and university, whilst working at least two pt jobs and developing the networks that guaranteed him paid employment in the creative arts on leaving university. At university, he gained a more acute sense of class, noting how the majority of his fellow students were richer and much more work-shy than he. His family was a central emotional, cultural and to a lesser degree, material resource. Caring for his mother (who had long-term illness) with his father and sister also brought early responsibility and maturity and he found leaving home to live with his girlfriend a difficult transition. Meeting ‘the one’ at 17 complicated his plans for the future but the ‘take-it-as-it-comes’ approach to life he adopted as a result of becoming aware of the precarious nature of life from a young age enabled him to adjust accordingly.

 

Keith's Data

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INTERVIEWS

(transcript, audio tape, mp3 file)

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Date

Age

Interviewer

1.

22/06/98

15

SH

2.

16/07/99

16

SH

3.

29/03/00

16

SH

4.

26/04/01

18

SH

5.

19/11/02

19

SH

6.

07/04/04

20

SH

OTHER DATA

Questionnaire 1: hard copy

Focus group: 28/11/97 transcript, audio tape

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

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