Time in Timescapes

DIMENSIONS OF TIME IN TIMESCAPES Timescapes was funded from 2007-12 under the ESRC Changing Lives and Times initiative.

The broad aim was to scale up and promote Qualitative Longitudinal (QL) research, create an archive of data for preservation and sharing, and to demonstrate and encourage re-use of the resource. ;xNLx;;xNLx;Our project, 'Working across qualitative longitudinal studies a feasibility study looking at care and intimacy', has been using the data from six of the Timescapes projects to explore new procedures for working with multiple sets of qualitative longitudinal data and extend good practice in this emergent field of research.;xNLx;;xNLx;This timeline shows the dimensions of time within the various studies, mapping the period of fieldwork against biographical and historical time frames. ;xNLx;;xNLx;More information about Timescapes, and our project, can be found on our website http://bigqlr.ncrm.ac.uk/.

Intergenerational Exchange: Fieldwork

The fieldwork took place between 2007 and 2001, and involved eight case studies of grandparents. Although the core participants were interviewed four times over a two year period, the fieldwork cannot easily be defined into 'waves' given the ongoing engagement that took place, both with the families involved and the wider locality in which they lived.

Work and family lives: Wave one interviews

Wave one interviews for Work and Family Lives took place during 2007 and 2009.

Work and Family Lives: Family interviews

Family interviews were conducted in 2009 and represented the second 'wave' of fieldwork. The aim was to bring the group dynamics into focus and observe the interplay of personalities and relationships.

Intergenerational exchange: heritage project

Intergenerational Exchange built on the foundation of a study funded by the Economic and Social Research Council under their Research Method Programme. The study developed methods for accessing 'hard-to-reach' groups and individuals. Two of the families from this heritage project were involved in the Timescapes project, 'Intergenerational Exchange'.

Work and family lives project begins

The Work and Family Lives project began in 2007. It explored the ways in which working parents and their primary school aged- children negotiate their work and family lives over time by drawing on the changing experiences and perceptions of a sample of fourteen families over a three year period (2007-2010).

Men as Fathers project begins

The Men as Fathers (MaF) project explored becoming a father for the first time, by drawing on and extending the previous ESRC-funded project carried out from 1999 to 2001 (referred to as the heritage sample).

Dynamics of Motherhood: Day in the Life observations

The 'Day in the Life' observations took place in 2008. They were micro-ethnographies which involved researchers spending an ordinary day with mothers. The aim was to document the everyday business of parenthood while also showing the different lives of women mothering at the same historical moment.

Dynamics of Motherhood: Wave four interviews

The forth and final wave of data collection took place in 2009.

Making Modern Mothers

A book of the project findings was published in 2011.

Making Modern Motherhoods (heritage project) begins

The Making Modern Motherhood research project was funded by the ESRC between 2005 and 2007. The aim was to explore the ways women understand and experience first time motherhood.

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