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In Search of a Past, 1925-1983

Title details

SN: 4862
Title: In Search of a Past, 1925-1983
Depositor: Fraser, R.
Principal investigator(s): Fraser, R.


The citation for this study is:

Fraser, R. (2005). In Search of a Past, 1925-1983. [data collection]. UK Data Service. SN: 4862

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Subject Categories

Child development and child rearing - Social stratification and groupings
Family life and marriage - Social stratification and groupings
Rural life - Society and culture
Social attitudes and behaviour - Society and culture
Social history - History


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This oral history project explored the author's own childhood. Particular reference was made to relationships within his upper class family and household during the 1930s and 40s. This was achieved through interviews conducted with the traceable and surviving members of that family and household made during the 1960s and 70s. Most - but not all - were used in the subsequent publication. This unusual work is both intensely personal, being driven by the author's individual psychological journey to understand his own past, and historically illuminating, in its detailed examination of a particular sort of inter-war English country life and the changes to that way of life brought about by the Second World War.

Main Topics:
Family life; households; childhood; childcare; parent-child relationships; siblings; psychoanalysis; servants; domestic workers; rural society; class; upper class; class differentiation; community life; oral history; world war; refugees.

Coverage, universe, methodology

Time period: 1925 - 1983
Dates of fieldwork: 1967 - 1979
Country: United Kingdom
Geography: Southern England
Spatial units: No spatial unit
Observation units: Individuals
Kind of data: Textual data
Individual (micro) level
In-depth/unstructured interview transcripts
Interview notes
Universe: Subnational
Family, household members and employees of the Fraser family.
Time dimensions: Cross-sectional (one-time) study
Sampling procedures: Purposive selection/case studies
Number of units: 17
Method of data collection: Face-to-face interview
Weighting: Not applicable

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Administrative and access information

Date of release:
First edition: 11 April 2005
Copyright: Copyright Ronald Fraser
Access conditions: Host archive conditions apply
Please note: Online documentation, prepared by the UK Data Archive, is available via the link below.
Availability: These data are available from a service other than UK Data Service - National Social Policy and Social Change Archive. Albert Sloman Library Special Collections, University of Essex. Contact the UK Data Service in the first instance.
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Study Documentation 4862documentation.pdf 9


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Fraser, R. (1984) In search of a past, London: Verso

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