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Figuring families: generation, situation and narrative in contemporary mothering

Kehily, Mary Jane and Thomson, Rachel (2011). Figuring families: generation, situation and narrative in contemporary mothering. Sociological Research Online, 16(4) Article 16.

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Our contribution to this special issue responds to the editors’ challenge of identifying concepts that both embody relationality and have the capacity to address and articulate temporal processes. We do not offer a single concept or idea, but rather a sensitising conceptual framework which privileges temporal processes, scaffolding the macro socio-historical with the micro personal and subjective. It is a conceptual framework that has grown with the challenge of an empirical project investigating the making of contemporary mothering, a study that combines a prospective approach of understanding biography as it unfolds, while forging relational connections between the individual biography and generational and intergenerational processes.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2011 Sociological Research Online
ISSN: 1360-7804
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Keywords: motherhood; generation; situation, narrative
Academic Unit/Department: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Education, Childhood, Youth and Sport
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Health, Wellbeing and Social Care
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Education Futures
Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance (CCIG)
Item ID: 31523
Depositing User: Mary Jane Kehily
Date Deposited: 23 Jan 2012 13:08
Last Modified: 04 Oct 2016 19:37
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