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dc.contributor.advisorWiddicombe, Sue
dc.contributor.authorBrear, Hannah
dc.date.accessioned2016-08-17T13:37:12Z
dc.date.available2016-08-17T13:37:12Z
dc.date.issued2014-03-26
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1842/16065
dc.description.abstractIn this study, we examine how current students discuss debt and their personal experiences in interviews. Previous research has suggested that the term ‘debt’ is not linguistically neutral (Lewis & Scott, 1999). The financial situation in the UK has led to an increase in student debt and has had substantial impact on this particular group. A discursive psychological approach is taken, drawing upon conversation analysis to investigate how language is used to define the meaning of the term ‘debt’ and to construct accounts of individual experience. The analysis focuses on responses to four questions about debt experience, feelings towards debt and whether some types are better or worse. This study identifies key features used by participants to dismiss debt, play down worry and distinguish the student loan from other debt. The practical implications of these findings are considered, along with how the study builds on existing research about student debt.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherThe University of Edinburghen_US
dc.subjectDiscursive psychologyen_US
dc.subjectdebten_US
dc.titleWhen is a debt not a debt? A discourse analysis of defining debt and accounting for personal experiences: a student sample.en_US
dc.typeThesis or Dissertationen_US
dc.relation.referencesScott, A.J., Lewis, A & Lea, S.E.G (2001) Student Debt: The causes and consequences of undergraduate borrowing in the UK. University of Bristol: Bristol, The policy pressen_US
dc.relation.referencesPotter, J. (2012). Discourse analysis and discursive psychology. In Cooper, H. (Editor-in-Chief). APA handbook of research methods in psychology: Vol 2. Quantitative, qualitative, neuropsychological, and biological. Washington: American Psychological Association Press, pp111-130.en_US
dc.type.qualificationlevelUndergraduateen_US
dc.type.qualificationnameMA Master of Artsen_US
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