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Telling moments and everyday experience: multiple methods research on couple relationships and personal lives

Gabb, Jacqui and Fink, Janet (2015). Telling moments and everyday experience: multiple methods research on couple relationships and personal lives. Sociology, 49(5) pp. 970–987.

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Abstract

Everyday moments and ordinary gestures create the texture of long-term couple relationships. In this article we demonstrate how, by refining our research tools and conceptual imagination, we can better understand these vibrant and visceral relationships. The ‘moments approach’ that we propose provides a lens through which to focus in on couples’ everyday experiences, to gain insight on processes, meanings and cross-cutting analytical themes whilst ensuring that feelings and emotionality remain firmly attached. Calling attention to everyday relationship practices, we draw on empirical research to illustrate and advance our conceptual and methodological argument. The Enduring Love? study included an online survey (n=5445) and multi-sensory qualitative research with couples (n=50) to interrogate how they experience, understand and sustain their long-term relationships.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2015 The Authors
ISSN: 1469-8684
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Enduring Love? Understanding Long-term Adult Couple Relationships in Contemporary Britain. (D-10-021-JG)ES/I021507/1ESRC
Keywords: couple relationships; everyday experience; mixed methods; moments approach; relationship practices
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies > Social Policy and Criminology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
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Item ID: 42632
Depositing User: Jacqui Gabb
Date Deposited: 15 May 2015 08:13
Last Modified: 17 Aug 2019 04:46
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/42632
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