Multi-Level Analysis with New Materialist Ethnographies
My talk will include a brief introduction to new materialist thought and new materialist methodology (Schadler, forthcoming). In the following I will illustrate the new materialist-multi-level analysis with (qualitative) empirical examples from two projects. A project on the transition to parenthood (from 2008 to 2012) concerned the entanglements of different levels and layers analysing policy documents, interviews, observations, bulletin boards and diaries (Schadler, 2013, 2014). Another example from a recent project on practices of collective parenting will show how legal discussions (custody laws), private practices (organizing family live with more than two parents), physical environments (buildings, cities, apartments) and public discourses (about family norms) are creating specific multi-layered situations and worlds of which collective parents are a part of.
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