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Research has demonstrated how families are constituted through everyday practices of care and emotional investment. In this article I suggest that a qualitative mixed methods approach can add another dimension to sociological understandings of these processes. The integration of different qualitative methods produces a dynamic account of everyday family relationships and experiences of intimacy. It shows how the biographical, experiential and social are interwoven, enabling the fabric of family relationships to be unpicked. Drawing on original data from empirical research, I outline the kinds of material produced by different methods and the usefulness of creativity in research design, including innovative methods such as the emotion map and psychosocial approaches to research. Through case study analysis, I demonstrate how the mixing of methods generates multilayered, richly textured information on family relationships but I caution against tidying up all the empirical loose ends. I suggest that there is analytical benefit in retaining some of the 'messiness' that comprises connected lives.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Copyright Holders:||2009 Jacqui Gabb|
|Keywords:||qualitative mixed methods; families; intimacy; emotion maps; psychosocial interviews;|
|Academic Unit/Department:||Social Sciences > Social Policy and Criminology
|Interdisciplinary Research Centre:||Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance (CCIG)|
|Depositing User:||Jacqui Gabb|
|Date Deposited:||02 Feb 2010 11:06|
|Last Modified:||24 Feb 2016 17:42|
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