Reflections on Qualitative Research Methods Used in Family Sociology

Sunday, 10 July 2016: 12:30-14:00
Location: Hörsaal 41 (Main Building)
RC06 Family Research (host committee)

Language: English

Semi-structured research interviews are one of the popular research methods employed by researchers who make use of a qualitative research approach; research undertaken in the field of Family Sociology is no exception. The prevalence of this method is not surprising since there are numerous advantages to it, including adaptability to the (sometimes unexpected) particularities encountered in the field, as well as being a relatively cheap and time-efficient option. As with all other research methods, though, there are limitations to this method, such as its reliance on reported behaviour and experiences that are socially constructed and re-constructed in the presence of researchers.

Various alternate methods fit well within a qualitative research approach, and some such methods may augment a semi-structured interview. These alternate methods may be used in their own right or matched with other methods. Some of these methods, for example participatory photography, developed or became widespread with the increasing availability of digital technology and of social media platforms, whilst the popularity of other methods, for example diary research, seems to have diminished over time.

Papers that focus on research methods suitable to a qualitative research framework within the field of Sociology of Families are invited for this session. Ideally the methods should be illustrated with research already undertaken, as a form of methodological reflection on or elucidation of completed work. The aim of the session is to broaden the array of commonly employed qualitative research methods by highlighting innovative methods and/or by reflecting on commonly used methods.
Session Organizer:
Marlize RABE, University of South Africa, South Africa
Interviews Based on Family Drawings - Capturing Cultural Conceptions
Detlev LUECK, Federal Institute for Population Research, Germany
Insiders, Outsiders, and Background Knowledge in Semi-Structured Interviews: Notes on Researching Transnational Families
Kamini GRAHAME, The Pennsylvania State University, USA; Peter GRAHAME, Pennsylvania State University - Schuylkill, USA
Convoys of Care: Reflections on a Methodologically Complex Study
Candace KEMP, Georgia State University, USA; Mary BALL, Emory University, USA; Jennifer Craft MORGAN, Georgia State University, USA; Patrick J. DOYLE, Brightview Senior Living, USA; Elisabeth O BURGESS, Georgia State University, USA; Molly M PERKINS, Emory University, USA
Using Visual Methods to Describe Migrant Family Change
Irena JUOZELIUNIENE, Vilnius University, Lithuania; Indre BIELEVICIUTE, Vilnius University, Lithuania; Irma BUDGINAITE, Vilnius University, Lithuania
Investigating Family Relations through Court Cases: Qualitative Endeavours and Pitfalls
Stephan KÖPPE, University College Dublin, Ireland; Misa IZUHARA, University of Bristol, United Kingdom
Demonstrating the Use of Thematic Analysis in Family Research
Sahmicit KUMSWA, University of South Africa, South Africa
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