Welcome: Inventing Adulthoods:A qualitative longitudinal dataset on young people  

 Inventing Adulthoods is a qualitative longitudinal study of over 100 young people growing upthrough their teens, twenties   and early thirties at the turn of the 21st century.The rich biographical material generated in up to seven interviews with each participant provides a unique window on most aspects of growing up during a period of rapid social change between 1996 – 2006 in England and 1996 - 2010 in Northern Ireland. Participants were drawn from five socially and economically contrasting areas of England and Northern Ireland and this gives important insight into the role played by where young people live in determining the resources they are able to draw on to shape their lives and pathways in post-modern times

Objectives

This web resource is the public face of the archive we are creating. It gives you the opportunity to:  Take a detailed look at all aspects of the study See what's in the archive and get a taste of the anonymised biographical data included Find out how we went about archiving the study and the challenges involved See publications the study has generated Meet the research team Read about what it was like being involved in the research, Sample the films we helped make of five young prople from the study Stay in touch if you were part of the study

Authors

Sheila Henderson Janet Holland Rachel Thomson

Original Project

Processes of social change mean that the traditional markers of adult citizenship, such as achieving a working status and financial independence, marriage and parenthood are not always either accessible nor desirable to the young. The aim of the research was to document and understand the range of ways in which young people forged adult identities in the contemporary UK. Building on the established study Youth values: identity, diversity and social change, it explored the different versions of adulthood reported by young people growing up in socially, culturally and geographically contrasting locations. These included an ethnically diverse inner city area, a socially homogenous estate, a wealthy commuter belt community, an isolated rural village and both Catholic and Protestant communities in a Northern Irish city. Up to one hundred young people were followed through a period of three years, meeting regularly with researchers to reflect on changes and continuities in their lives and aspirations. The study employed innovative research techniques to capture young peoples evoloving biographies including the development of individual Memory Books; taped commentaries; photography, correspondence and in-depth interviews. The research explored the relationship between young peoples values, identities and imaginations, and processes of social mobility and social change, identifying how critical moments in individual biographies might intersect with broader social processes

Quick Summary

Processes of social change mean that the traditional markers of adult citizenship, such as achieving a working status and financial independence, marriage and parenthood are not always either accessible nor desirable to the young. The aim of the research was to document and understand the range of ways in which young people forged adult identities in the contemporary UK. Building on the established study Youth values: identity, diversity and social change, it explored the different versions of adulthood reported by young people growing up in socially, culturally and geographically contrasting locations. These included an ethnically diverse inner city area, a socially homogenous estate, a wealthy commuter belt community, an isolated rural village and both Catholic and Protestant communities in a Northern Irish city. Up to one hundred young people were followed through a period of three years, meeting regularly with researchers to reflect on changes and continuities in their lives and aspirations. The study employed innovative research techniques to capture young peoples evoloving biographies including the development of individual Memory Books; taped commentaries; photography, correspondence and in-depth interviews. The research explored the relationship between young peoples values, identities and imaginations, and processes of social mobility and social change, identifying how critical moments in individual biographies might intersect with broader social processes

Classification

Case Study :: Behavioural Research ::

ReStoration date

This web resource has been restored on:2012-05-05

Last updated:

This web resource has been updated on:2012-05-29