Girls’ Transitions to Work and Adulthood in the 1960s

  • Henrietta O’Connor
  • John Goodwin


It is unusual for researchers in the social sciences to have access to data that has remained largely unanalysed for nearly forty years, yet around two years ago data from a little-known project was ‘rediscovered’ from where it had been archived. Stored in an attic office, it transpired that the data was from the project ‘Adjustment of Young Workers to Work Situations and Adult Roles’ led by Norbert Elias and carried out by researchers at the University of Leicester between 1962 and 1964. However, with the exception of Ashton and Field (1976) who used a sample of the cases from this project, the bulk of the data has never been analysed or published (for a full discussion of the background to this project see Goodwin and O’Connor, 2002). The archived data comprised 854 original interview schedules that fully documented the early work experiences of Leicester’s youth in the early 1960s, and a series of background documents written by the original research team. The uniqueness and value of such data for re-analysis is suggested by Corti et al. (1995) who argue that ‘… although huge resources have been devoted to qualitative interview, ethnographic, case and anthropological studies, the data are often inaccessible, untraceable or have been destroyed’ (1995, p. 1).


Labour Market Factory Work Occupational Mobility Social Reproduction Occupational Aspiration 
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  • Henrietta O’Connor
  • John Goodwin

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