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Patrick

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ACHIEVER

WORK ETHIC

CREATIVE ARTS

CLOSE FAMILY

NETWORKER

REPUTATION

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THE BASICS

Sex:

Male

Location:

NI

Interview age:

15-20

Class:

MC

Ethnicity:

White Caucasian

Patrick is the eldest in a close family unit and has enjoyed lots of support from them to pursue both his education and his many extra-curricular activities, which include djing, skating and trail biking. Sharing such interests with his father and brother has allowed a close bond to develop between the ‘men of the family’, and his father has become increasingly important as a role model and friend. A culture of education, work and networking, (and a belief in the advantage and advance gained from these), runs through his immediate and extended family. From the age of 16 Patrick has had part-time work, and has been both fortuitous and pragmatic in fostering and developing a network of friends and contacts in the different spheres of his life. An element of this pragmatism guided his decision to move to England for university, hungry as we was to experience greater diversity and a different cultural experience to that on offer in Northern Ireland. Patrick did not expect a long term relationship he was then in to survive beyond the transition to university. When it ended a new relationship unexpectedly ignited and with it came a fresh energy and a new bank of social and cultural resources. Focused and quietly confident Patrick was optimistic about his life chances and opportunities – opportunities that he believes are created as much as presented. His plans however to work abroad after his degree were unexpectedly revised when his girlfriend became pregnant. They both returned to NI and have set up house, home and family. Patrick is now working full time but hopes to return to his studies at some point.

 

Patrick's Data

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INTERVIEWS

(transcript, audio tape, mp3 file)

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Date

Age

Interviewer

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2.

13/05/99

15

RB

3.

10/02/00

15

RB

4.

19/02/01

16

RB

5.

28/02/03

18

SMG

6.

05/08/04

20

SMG

OTHER DATA

Questionnaire 1: hard copy

Focus group: 06/01/98

Questionnaire 2: hard copy

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