Relative Deprivation

In this extract Angela McFarland remembers the tenement house she lived in when she first got married. She occupied two rooms in the house. She remembers that things were often difficult but there were good times there too. She tells us that you can't compare those times with now.

This is an important point to make in relation to the description of housing and home life arising from the stories of the participants. Life was very different then and therefore it is impossible to apply today's conditions and values to that time. Many of the participants make the point that everybody was in the same boat and therefore they don't remember being particularly aware of poverty or deprivation. They argue that often living was very much day to day and they didn't look around them to compare their life with anybody else, if they did, they would have found that most people around them were in a similar situation.

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