Researching Children’s Personal Relationships
In the previous chapter, I argued that a personal life framework — rather than a narrow focus on children’s family relationships or friendships — enables researchers to explore the wide range of relationships that potentially matter to children. This includes parents, sibling relationships (of all kinds), wider kin including grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, ‘like-kin’ relations (a term often used to refer to parents’ and children’s closest friends), and children’s friendships. A sociology of personal life offers a range of conceptual tools for analysing how relationships are lived and imagined, and whilst there are some methodological tools for investigating these dimensions of personal life, there are few texts that bring together methodological discussions about researching families and personal relationships (see Jamieson et al., 2011).
KeywordsResearch Process Personal Life Sibling Relationship Physical Engagement Family Secret
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