Ordinary Lives in Contemporary Britain: A Preliminary Report of Findings

Will Atkinson, Harriet Bradley

Research output: Working paper


This report offers an accessible, non-technical overview of the main findings so far of the Ordinary Lives project, an ESRC-funded programme of research undertaken in SPAIS between July 2010 and July 2012 by Harriet Bradley, Will Atkinson and Adam Sales. It is not intended as a summary of the project findings as a whole, as these are still emerging, nor does it explore the theoretical interpretations and advances made by the project, as these are being directed toward their appropriate academic consumers. Instead we hope to provide an easy-to-digest synopsis of results as so far interpreted which, due to the scale of the data and the nature of academic publishing, will take some time to find full expression and most likely appear in a form rather less accessible to non-academics. After outlining the background and method of the project, we chart the findings regarding family life, differences in food consumption, the effects of the recession, the perception of the future, schools and education and travel and community, drawing specific attention to the effects of social class.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationUniversity of Bristol
Publication statusPublished - 2013

Structured keywords

  • SPAIS Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Citizenship


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