Focus Groups & Identity Work: . How young people position selves and others in discussing everyday risks. PhD. Youth, Risk and Identity. Explores the material & discursive aspects of risks in the context of young people’s everyday lives; Considers how these relate to social position –
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How young people position selves and others in discussing everyday risks
Dave Merryweather - ESRC 2012
Hannah: … parties, there’s parties all the time ...
Rebecca:I don’t, I don’t know about anyone else but when I go
to town I’m never really drunk. In town I’ll drink but I’m
never really drunk. But at parties I’ll drink a lot more
cos I know I’m in someone’s house or y’know like in
like a hall or something  I don’t know I just feel
safer rather than walking around town cos we’ve been
in town once haven’t we and some fella’s just got
punched for nothing, it’s scary …
Becky: ... Like I’ve read stories of people, like if you just
accidentally bump into someone and they just
Leah: … But when you’re in town you don’t realise, like I just
got dead upset once and just walked through town, like
from one side of town to the other on me own …
Leah: ... and then when you go home and think about it you
realise that anything could have happened at the
same time, but when you’re there you don’t, its not on
Hannah: … You don’t think anything.
Mod: And when you have those experiences does it make
you think twice the next time or …
Leah: … Yeah like I wouldn’t do that again cos even five
minutes later I stopped and thought well like I could’ve
just died then or something
Rebecca: We was in a party and she got angry or upset about
Leah: … and then tried to go and find someone who was on
the other end of town and I was waiting for people to
go with me and then just got dead angry and went on
me own ...
Rebecca: … I was, I was going to come with you wasn’t I and
went ‘look after my bag while I go and get Amy’ and
then some lad was standing there with me bag and I
was like ‘where’s she gone’ and she was like right
down the other end of town, just walking around town
Mod: So you had to go chasing after Leah trying to find …
Rebecca: …Yeah, I found you with Claire didn’t I just sitting in
the middle of town ...
Mod: And how did you feel about that?
Rebecca: [laughs]just got hold of her…
Leah: …Yeah, cos like something could have happened to
her then like she was coming to find me…
Rebecca: ... I weren’t bothered about me though just the fact
you were gone and I didn’t know where you’d gone.
Focus Group 9: 17-18 year-old white, middle-class, males: ‘I drank a bottle of vodka.’
the end he had to walk home on his own in the night.
Mod: So go on [to Liam] tell us a bit more about – I mean
there’s two there isn’t there? Two involved there.
Liam: Well me mate lives in the next street from me so it
wasn’t really …
Mod: And, and what were your binge drinking exploits?
Liam: … erm, a bottle of Vodka …
Mark:… as if you did!
Mark:A whole bottle? How big was the bottle? How big
was the bottle?
Jon: … You weren’t there!
Liam:… It was only a little one.
Mark: Alright then
Liam: … it’s about a third of a litre …
Mark: … you’d need your stomach pumped if you drank a
big one …
Mark: You would!
Liam:… I’ve been in a house and like me brother’s, me
brother’s mate’s drunk like a whole, a whole big one
Mod: A whole what?
Liam:… like a regular size one like that in a night – they
can drink like a whole bottle of vodka in a night and
not get a stomach pump …
Jon: Yeah I do that…
drunk a whole bottle or…
Liam: … no, I’ve seen people do it in a night drink, y’know like a
big bottle of vodka not like …
Several: [excitable speech - inaudible]
Mark:… you’d need, you’d need your stomach pumping or
Several: [inaudible – laugh]
Mod: [inaudible] that’s what it was, yeah. S:o you’ve seen
Liam: … I’ve seen people do it, yeah!
Mod: Mark, you’re totally disbelieving that anyone could drink
a bottle of vodka?
Anon: … he’s a witness, he’s a witness …
Liam: … [to Mark] you’re smaller, you’re smaller so you can’t
take – like hold your ale or …