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    Family rhythms: Re-visioning family change in Ireland using qualitative archived data from Growing Up in Ireland and Life Histories and Social Change


    Geraghty, Ruth and Gray, Jane (2017) Family rhythms: Re-visioning family change in Ireland using qualitative archived data from Growing Up in Ireland and Life Histories and Social Change. Irish Journal of Sociology, 25 (2). pp. 207-123. ISSN 0791-6035

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    Abstract

    The Family Rhythms project examined the Irish experience of family life over an extended period of time, in which we traced evolving relationships and practices and against a backdrop of immense social, cultural and economic change, from the early years of the Irish state to the present day. We combined qualitative data from Growing Up in Ireland (Doyle et al., 2008), with Life Histories and Social Change (Gray et al., 2008) to construct a longitudinal, qualitative database with the distinct focus on family relationships. Family Rhythms demonstrated the potential for bringing data from two major, qualitative studies into dialogue to develop new insights into the motives, feelings and rationalities behind Irish people’s family practices and experiences in changing social contexts. Combining the data from two unrelated studies presented methodological challenges; namely how to consolidate these data, and how to compare the retrospective life story data with the prospective data. To overcome this, we worked ‘forwards’ and ‘backwards’ across the two collections to specify patterns of continuity and change in key dimensions of family relationships. The strengths of this dynamic approach was that we could examine family relationships across an extended timeframe, and from different generational standpoints.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: qualitative data; family change; archival data; secondary analysis;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology
    Item ID: 11350
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1177/0791603516680374
    Depositing User: Dr. Jane Gray
    Date Deposited: 16 Oct 2019 16:26
    Journal or Publication Title: Irish Journal of Sociology
    Publisher: Sage
    Refereed: Yes
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