Introduction to Timescapes: Changing Relationships and Identities Over the Life Course

  • Janet Holland
  • Rosalind Edwards
Part of the Palgrave Macmillan Studies in Family and Intimate Life book series (PSFL)


At the heart of qualitative longitudinal research (QLR) is the desire to explore what social change through the passage of time means to those who experience it, and how people understand processes of change in their own lives in the context of broader social shifts. The method has recently undergone a resurgence of interest and adoption with some arguing that as a distinctive way of knowing and understanding the social world it is a methodology whose time has come (Thomson et al. 2003, Corden and Millar 2007). But there is nothing new about qualitative enquiry conducted through and in relation to time in the social sciences. It is part of a rich ethnographic tradition that spans fields as diverse as social anthropology, psychology, sociology and its multiple sub-disciplines, oral history and theatre studies (Walkerdine et al. 2001, Kemper and Peterson Royce 2002, Saldana 2003, Holland et al. 2006, Bornat and Diamond 2007, Henderson et al. 2007, Crow 2008). This disciplinary range is exemplified in the Timescapes projects that have contributed to this collection and enriched the work of the Timescapes study.


Young People Oral History Intergenerational Relationship Intergenerational Relation Young Father 
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