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THE STUDY: Capturing Change Over Time.


Welcome to the public access level of the Inventing Adulthoods archive.


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


Your guide 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 dataset.


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 to Research Time .


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 to Biographical Time.


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.


Research Timeline















Research Time

Biographical Time

Historical Time