I am indebted to the many friends and colleagues who have contributed to this project in different ways. First of all I would like to thank the students and teachers who shared their experiences with me. I wish to express my gratitude to Debbie Epstein who supervised this study as a thesis and gave me generous support and guidance especially through the final stages. I wish to acknowledge the Institute of Education, University of London, for the financial support of a studentship. Thanks are also due to Janet Holland and Beverley Skeggs for their painstaking work in examining the thesis.
Many other friends have contributed to this work and sustained my interest in the project. I am indebted to Kate Corr for her support over the years, her comments on the work, especially on psychoanalytic themes and for her careful proofreading of the chapters. I wish to thank Joyce Canaan for her insightful comments, many valuable discussions and for her emotional support. I am grateful to Mairtin Mac an Ghaill for discussions on earlier drafts of chapters. I am grateful to Tuula Gordon for her friendship, her enthusiastic support of this work and for many stimulating discussions.
I wish to thank members of the Birmingham Narrative Group for interesting discussions on themes of narrative and subjectivity: Leone Burton, Joyce Canaan, Mariette Clare, Chris Griffin, Richard Johnson, Peter Redman and Deborah Steinberg. Additionally I would like to thank Peter Redman and Deborah Steinberg for their comments on Chapter 4 and Richard Johnson for his comments on Chapters 5 and 6. Thanks are also due to Tarja Tolonen, Val Hey, Frinde Maher, Rob Pattman, Sean Escritt, Susan Johnson and David Spencer for help along the way.