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Dawn Lyon

looking back. Fascinated by the essay-writing technique (Himmelweit et al. 1952 ; Veness 1962 ; Jahoda et al. 2002 ), Pahl undertook this sub-project early on during his time on Sheppey as part of his efforts to understand how the chronic economic challenges of the period were affecting ordinary people’s everyday lives locally. It was one of his exploratory projects – ‘sort of a pilot thing’ (interview with Pahl, July 2009 ). Inspired by this material, and by other research using similar techniques to explore young people’s aspirations, hopes and dreams (Rex and

in Revisiting Divisions of Labour
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Graham Crow and Jaimie Ellis

interviews, a large-scale formal survey, analysis of historical documents, oral history, essay-writing and photography. The research design that underpins the book was characterised by methodological innovation long before that term came into vogue. Ray Pahl’s route to Sheppey The full extent of the book’s ambitious methodological and theoretical agenda can be conveyed by tracing the book’s gestation within the context of Pahl’s unfolding career. This is summarised in the timeline of Pahl’s life included at the end of this Introduction. Obituaries (e

in Revisiting Divisions of Labour
Jack Saunders

blackouts and accumulating rubbish. These were followed by the 1972 miners’ strike, which threatened electricity supplies, and the introduction of the three-day week in 1974 in anticipation of the forthcoming coal strike.69 The effect of these disputes on the general public was often cited as evidence of trade-union callousness, a trope that would be mobilised again during the 1978–9 ‘Winter of Discontent’.70 Militants were regularly accused of ruthlessly attacking the community. E. P. Thompson’s essayWriting by Candlelight’, originally published in New Society in 1970

in Assembling cultures
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The public meanings of emigration and the shaping of emigrant selves in post- war Ireland, 1945– 1969
Barry Hazley

being during the first 30 years of independence. Between 1945 and 1965, the ‘emigration problem’ formed the object of a vast and variegated discourse, articulated through priestly sermons and Lenten pastorals, journalist exposés and editorial letters, government reports and Dáil debates, local theatre productions and National School essay-writing competitions. Across these various forms, the desires of the emigrant functioned as a heated site of ideological struggle, as different commentators sought to enlist the ‘plight of the emigrant’ in support of their own

in Life history and the Irish migrant experience in post-war England