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Social Research Matters

A Life in Family Sociology

By Julia Brannen

Published

Jul 14, 2021

Page count

232 pages

Series

Sociology of Children and Families

ISBN

978-1529208573

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Nov 15, 2019

Page count

232 pages

Series

Sociology of Children and Families

ISBN

978-1529208566

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Nov 15, 2019

Page count

232 pages

Series

Sociology of Children and Families

ISBN

978-1529208597

Dimensions

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Nov 15, 2019

Page count

232 pages

Series

Sociology of Children and Families

ISBN

978-1529208597

Dimensions

Imprint

Bristol University Press
Social Research Matters

From the vantage point of forty years in social research and the study of families, Julia Brannen offers an invaluable account of how research is conducted and ‘matters’ at particular times. This fascinating work covers key developments in the field that remain of vital concern to society and demonstrates how social research is an art as well as a science – a process that involves craft and creativity.

"Brannen's new book is extremely informative, detailed and refined. This pioneering work demonstrates how we can expand our knowledge of social research methods through other researchers’ experiences." Sociologija

"This interesting and refined book charts major developments in the field that are of immediate concern to society." Sociology

''Well-known for the path-breaking methods and analytical sophistication of her work, Julia Brannen offers insightful reflections on a remarkable career in sociological research on families that are instructive and engaging.'' Graham Crow, University of Edinburgh

"Brannen combines personal experience with a finely-tuned sensitivity to institutional dynamics to explain how social research is stimulated – and, just as often, constrained – by the broader political economy. A masterful reflection on the politics of knowledge creation." Rosanna Hertz, Wellesley College

''This clearly written book charts, through the biographical account of a respected scholar of family life, the changing social, historical and political context of social science research in postwar UK.'' Julie Seymour, Hull York Medical School

Julia Brannen is Professor of the sociology of the family at UCL Institute of Education and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. With an international reputation for research on the lives of parents, children and young people in families, including work-family life, relations between the generations and food in families, she is well known for her methodological expertise, in particular for advancing mixed methods approaches.

Beginnings and biography

The research environment

Mothers and the labour market

Inside the household

A generational lens on families and fathers

Children and young people in families

Families through the lens of food

Life stories: Biographical and narrative analysis

In conclusion