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'It's different for girls'.

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(a) Tile: 'It's different for girls' Author: Christine Griffin Date of publication: November 1986 Publisher or source: 'Social studies review' (b) In a study by P.Willis 'Learning to Labour' he identified two distinct white working class male cultures, which strongly influenced their career paths. Christine Griffin wondered whether she would find ' similarly strong cultural connection between the worlds of school and waged work for young white working class women'. She also had several other specific aims: - To find out the differences between relationships in girls groups and boys groups. - To show different opinions on future jobs in boys and girls groups. - To provide information on a wide range of female students. - To show that it's more complicated to study girls than the lads. The research was a longitudinal study following a group of white working class women from 6 different schools in Birmingham. She interviewed 180 school students, some of them individually and some in groups. ...read more.


The individual interviews may have been chosen as a research method because the girls being interviewed may feel more comfortable talking one on one. This interview set up can have the effect of encouraging people to be more honest in their responses. Particularly in a study like this where the presence of the girl's peers may affect their responses, for example they might feel that they have to agree with other people's opinions. She also visited the girls every couple of months to see how they developed and to get a bigger picture of their lives. In the employment 10 she looked at different kinds of jobs to have a clear idea about them, this would give her sufficient background information to understand some of the comments made by the girls. Griffin chose to use informal, flexible interview. I think she may have chosen this method because the informality often allows interviewees to relax and open up. ...read more.


This can't be applied to girls because of different structures of female friendship groups; conformity has different meanings for girls. The association of jobs as feminine or unfeminine affected their choices as well as whether they were 'posh' jobs or not. The interviews were informal, in the real life situation and were repeated. This suggests about validity of the research. Also that fact that females are likely to be more open and honest may lead to validity. As interviewees were from a wide range of students, this would give good general picture, which suggests about representative. One of the limitations of this research is that fact that the experiment was only conducted in Birmingham. And we can't generalise about all girls from just one area. Christine uses quotes from girls, if they were from taped conversations, her data would be accurate and reliable. Although interviewer's presence may effect subjectivity. Because it's very qualitative, it's opened to interpretation, possible that Griffin has subjectively analysed the findings. Somebody else may differently interpret the findings. AS SOCIOLOGY COURSE WORK ALFIYA AKHMETOVA ...read more.

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