The Futures We Expect: Time and Future Concepts As a Methodological Challenge in Qualitative and Mixed Methods Research

Monday, 11 July 2016: 10:45-12:15
Location: Hörsaal 26 (Main Building)
RC33 Logic and Methodology in Sociology (host committee)

Language: English

Time and future concepts are implicitly present in different fields of sociology. They are central in the study of biography – while reconstructing the biographical events and processes we always relate to our notion of time and to our future biographical prospects. In the sociological study of childhood, youth and education, the perception of time, time and future design is an issue as it can critically influence the chances and the development perspectives of the adolescent. The adaptation to different time cultures is an important issue in the migration research. The discourses about differences, alienation or integration often use time-related terminology (e.g. biographical prospects, forecasts) in order to legitimate one’s own activities. In the organizational studies, time (and different time concepts) is a pivot point.
This list of topics is suggestive rather than exhaustive. Contributors may choose to draw on material from a wide range of empirical spheres and theoretical perspectives. 
The session is linked not only to methodological discussions but also to the interdisciplinary network for the study of time and future concepts and thus we are interested in processes, which form individual time and future concepts (in different educational settings, migration, biographical challenges). 
Therefore, we highly welcome papers working on methodological aspects of the study of time and future concepts. The papers can present methodological conceptual work or results from one’s own fieldwork. We are interested in qualitative and mixed methods approaches.
Session Organizers:
Sina-Mareen KÖHLER, Universität Hannover, Germany and Alexandra KOENIG, University of Wuppertal, Germany
Time and Space in Daily Life Decision Processes - Concept and Research Method
Helga ZEIHER, German Society for Time Policy, Germany
“Ahead of Time”. Police Work in the Future
Jonas GRUTZPALK, FHoV NRW, Germany
The Biographical Approach and the Analytic Induction for Develop the Identity-Building Processes: An Empirical Case with Young “Italian” Muslim Women
Ivana ACOCELLA, University of Florence, Italy; Silvia CATALDI, University of Cagliari, Italy; Katia CIGLIUTI, University of Florence, Italy