Growing up and giving up: smoking in Paul Thompson's 100 families

Elliot, R. (2001) Growing up and giving up: smoking in Paul Thompson's 100 families. Oral History, 29(1), pp. 73-84.

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A collection of oral history testimony held in the Oral History Archive at the University of Essex was used to analyse the role of smoking in people's lives throughout the twentieth century and the extent to which increased awareness of the health risks of smoking has affected this. The use of existing oral history material had theoretical and methodological implications for the conclusions drawn. Nonetheless, the testimony showed that there had been a clear acceptance of smoking among the generations growing up in the Thirties and Forties. By the time of interview however, there seemed to be a widespread awareness of the health risks. This was most evident in discussion of smoking-related illness and death in others.

Item Type:Articles
Keywords:smoking, adolescence, identity, health, secondary analysis of data
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Elliot, Dr Rosemary
Authors: Elliot, R.
Subjects:D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Economic and Social History
College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Health & Wellbeing > Social Scientists working in Health and Wellbeing
Journal Name:Oral History

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