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Memories of Youth and Interviewing Young People: Reflections on Young People’s Understandings of Drug Use

By Rob Pattman and Mary Jane Kehily


This paper draws on a qualitative study of young people in Milton Keynes and\ud their understanding of drugs and drug use. It focuses, partly, on the\ud relationship Rob Pattman established with Susie, a young woman he was\ud interviewing about her views on life in general and drugs in particular. We are\ud interested in the kinds of identities that young people were establishing in\ud relation to each other. Our view is that interviewers do not elicit descriptive\ud accounts from interviewees. Rather, the interviewees construct their identities\ud through what they say about themselves and others, and this depends, crucially,\ud on how they position and are positioned by the interviewer (Hollway and\ud Jefferson, 2000; Frosh et al., 2002; Walkerdine et al., 2001). As the above\ud authors have argued, the sorts of feelings interviewees evoke in interviewers\ud must be acknowledged and addressed since these provide important insights\ud into the dynamics of the interviewer- interviewee relationship

Topics: H1, HN
Publisher: University of Huddersfield
Year: 2004
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