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Palgrave Macmillan

Understanding Families Over Time

Research and Policy

ISBN 9781137285072
Publication Date June 2014
Formats Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Series Palgrave Macmillan Studies in Family and Intimate Life

Based on a large-scale qualitative longitudinal study of the life course conducted in the UK (Timescapes Study), this unique collection reveals close-up – and in their own words – the experiences of children and young people, parents, and older generations. The participants lives and times are explored through multiple accounts of their changing trajectories. Collectively, the contributions examine family and generational relationships in all their complexity as they change and develop. Tackling a diverse group of people from varied backgrounds and geographical locations, each individual chapter is concerned with particular stages of the life course, delivering policy-relevant findings to address individual and family lives over time. Understanding Families Over Time also has a methodological twist: change and continuity through biographical, historical and generational time are integral aspects of the overall study.

Janet Holland is Emerita Professor at the Weeks Centre for Social and Policy Research, London South Bank University, UK. Previously co-Director of Timescapes Study (2007-2012) and the Families and Social Capital ESRC Research Group (2002-2007), her publications include What is Qualitative Interviewing? (with Rosalind Edwards) and Inventing Adulthoods: A Biographical Approach to Youth Transitions (with Sheila Henderson, Sheena McGrellis, Sue Sharpe and Rachel Thomson).

Rosalind Edwards is Professor of Sociology at the University of Southampton, UK, and co-Director of the ESRC National Centre for Research Methods. She is founding co-editor of the International Journal of Social Research Methodology. She has published widely in the field of family studies, including Key Concepts in Family Studies (with J. McCarthy).

1. Introduction to Timescapes: Changing Relationships and Identities over the Life Course; Janet Holland and Rosalind Edwards

2. Generations and Aspirations: Young People's Thinking about Relationships with Siblings and Hopes for their Parents over Time; Rosalind Edwards and Susie Weller

3. Growing up in Northern Ireland; Sheena McGrellis and Janet Holland

4. Young Parenthood and Cross Generational Relationships: The Perspectives of Young Fathers; Bren Neale and Carmen Lau Clayton

5. Investing in Involvement: Men Moving Through Fatherhood; Karen Henwood, Fiona Shirani and Carrie Coltart

6. Expectations and Realities: Motherhood and the Female 'Choice' Biography; Rachel Thomson

7. Responsibility, Work and Family Life: Children's and Parents' Experiences of Working Parenthood; Jeni Harden, Alice MacLean, Kathryn Backett-Milburn, Sarah Cunningham-Burley and Lynn Jamieson

8. Gender and Work-Family Conflict: A Secondary Analysis of Timescapes Data; Sarah Irwin and Mandy Winterton

9. Vulnerability, Inter-Generational Exchange, and the Conscience of Generations; Nick Emmel and Kahryn Hughes

10. Grandparenting across the Life Course; Joanna Bornat and Bill Bytheway

11. Conclusions; Janet Holland and Rosalind Edwards

Kathryn Backett-Milburn, University of Edinburgh, UK

Sarah Baker, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

Joanna Bornat, The Open University, UK

Bill Bytheway, retired scholar, UK

Carrie Coltart, independent scholar, UK

Sarah Cunningham-Burley, University of Edinburgh, UK

Nick Emmel, University of Leeds, UK

Jeni Harden, University of Edinburgh, UK

Karen Henwood, Cardiff University, UK

Kahryn Hughes, University of Leeds, UK

Sarah Irwin, University of Leeds, UK

Lynn Jamieson, Centre for Research on Families and Relationships (CRFR), UK

Carmen Lau Clayton, University of Leeds, UK

Alice MacLean, University of Glasgow, UK

Sheena McGrellis, London South Bank University, UK

Bren Neale, University of Leeds, UK

Rachel Thomson, University of Sussex, UK

Fiona Shirani, Cardiff University, UK

Susie Weller, London South Bank University, UK

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