the public access level of the Inventing Adulthoodsarchive.
This section of the website introduces the potential dataset user to the case data we have anonymised and included in the Inventing Adulthoods TYPO archive. It gives a taste of the kinds of young lives the study has documented and of the nature and extent of the biographical data. Click on a name for a one-page overview of the person’s biography, data, key themes, demographics, and 'taster' data.
Capturing Change Over Time
to the Inventing Adulthoods study and the archived data
We have used the concept of time as a way of
organizing all this information for obvious reasons: change over time
is a central theme of the study. Inventing Adulthoods traces the
intimate detail and diverse pathways of young lives as they unfolded
over time and, in so doing, charts the changing social and historical
landscape. It is also an interesting research enterprise, not only
involving the maintenance of a core research team of five women over
fifteen years but the documentation of changes in these researchers'
own lives, interpretations, analyses and methods of representation over
this not insignificant time period. Time has also been central to the
process of representing and preparing the data set for re-use: our
archiving process has involved 'looking back' in order to 'look
forward' in the attempt to meet the needs of future users of the
If you want to find out more about the
general methodological and theoretical story of the research over time,
about the research tools we used and/or our methods of analysis, about
what it was like to be in the study (for both researcher and
researched), or about how we worked and stayed together as a team - go
If you are interested in using our
anonymised data or simply getting to know about the young people whose
case data has been anonymised and included in the archive (N=40) - go
If you want to begin considering how the archived data yields insights into the historical period of the research - go to Historical Time.
If you want to read more about how we set
about recontextualising the study click here.