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Sandra

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FEMININITY

COMMUNITY

RELATIONSHIP

WORK ETHIC

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THE BASICS

Sex:

FEMALE

Location:

DEPRIVED ESTATE

Interview age:

13 -20

Class:

WC

Ethnicity:

WHITE

Sandra’s story over time was shaped by competing forces in the context of an unstable and turbulent wider community. A bright young woman, she wanted a career and recognized the need to leave her area in order to achieve this. On the other hand, her mother and sisters were the foundation of her social world and her ties to them were very strong. Periodically desiring a bigger world and international travel but fiercely loyal to the place she had been born and brought up in, Sandra settled for the regulated life on offer from the women in her family and her step-father. Although her educational path was not straightforward, she left school after doing well in her GCSEs and worked in her sister’s hairdressing salon from then on. She enjoyed rising to the challenge of the wider social and generational contact provided by the salon’s location in a ‘posher’ area. Within this routinised framework and traditional feminine culture, Sandra also pursued a ‘good-time girl’ identity that was different from the local norm in some important ways. She was rarely without a boyfriend during the study but determinedly avoided early parenthood and being tied to a relationship that excluded her friendships and social life with women. She also eschewed everyday domestic responsibility, preferring to continue living at home. Her heart may have been broken by him at last interview but the stable framework she had built for her life remained intact despite a relationship with a local gangster, complete with guns and bullet-proof vest.

 

 

Sandra's Data

DATA ANONYMISATION

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.

18/06/98

13

SH

2.

23/06/99

14

SH

3.

14/02/00

15

SH

4.

20/02/01

16

SH

5.

05/02/03

18

SH

6.

09/09/04

20

SH

OTHER DATA

 

 

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