Generational research: between historical and sociological imaginations

Thomson, Rachel (2014) Generational research: between historical and sociological imaginations. International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 17 (2). pp. 147-156. ISSN 1364-5579

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This paper reflects on Julia Brannen’s contribution to the development of theory and methods for intergenerational research. The discussion is contextualised within a contemporary ‘turn to time’ within sociology, involving tensions and synergies between sociological and historical imagination. These questions are informed by a juxtaposition of Brannen’s four-generation study of family change and social historian Angela Davis’s exploration women and the family in England between 1945 and 2000. These two studies give rise to complementary findings, yet have distinctive orientations towards the status and treatment of sources, the role of geography in research design and limits of generalisation

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Julia Brannen, generation, history, methods, gender, temporality
Schools and Departments: School of Education and Social Work > Social Work and Social Care
Subjects: H Social Sciences
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology > HM0435 History of sociology. History of sociological theory
Depositing User: Pascale Fanning-Tichborne
Date Deposited: 30 Jun 2014 11:51
Last Modified: 08 Mar 2021 11:45

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