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Telling Moments and Everyday Experience: Multiple Methods Research on Couple Relationships and Personal Lives.

Gabb J, Fink J - Sociology (2015)

Bottom Line: In this article we demonstrate how, by refining our research tools and conceptual imagination, we can better understand these vibrant and visceral relationships.The Enduring Love?study included an online survey (n = 5445) and multi-sensory qualitative research with couples (n = 50) to interrogate how they experience, understand and sustain their long-term relationships.

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Affiliation: The Open University, UK.

ABSTRACT

Everyday moments and ordinary gestures create the texture of long-term couple relationships. In this article we demonstrate how, by refining our research tools and conceptual imagination, we can better understand these vibrant and visceral relationships. The 'moments approach' that we propose provides a lens through which to focus in on couples' everyday experiences, to gain insight on processes, meanings and cross-cutting analytical themes whilst ensuring that feelings and emotionality remain firmly attached. Calling attention to everyday relationship practices, we draw on empirical research to illustrate and advance our conceptual and methodological argument. The Enduring Love? study included an online survey (n = 5445) and multi-sensory qualitative research with couples (n = 50) to interrogate how they experience, understand and sustain their long-term relationships.

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Sumaira’s diary.I drew this while I wait for [partner] to finish. It is where we went for our walk. I got to wear my wellies! That’s when you know it’s an adventure!
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fig2-0038038515578993: Sumaira’s diary.I drew this while I wait for [partner] to finish. It is where we went for our walk. I got to wear my wellies! That’s when you know it’s an adventure!

Mentions: In this one diary extract and in the visual illustration (see Figure 2), Sumaira describes a single moment in her day. What it tells us about her and her couple relationship is, however, immeasurable and it serves to initiate broader direct and indirect analysis of our research themes, in particular generation, parenthood and gender. Throughout her diary Sumaira adopts the position of storyteller, a role that she appears to relish and through which she recounts her past, present and imagined future. Through an everyday homecoming scene she describes a traditional gendered norm of coupledom in which she depicts herself as the homemaker and her partner as the capable breadwinner. The dinner cooked for his return and its consumption at the dinner table discursively represent how things should be done, including the provision of quality couple time: ‘perfect’.


Telling Moments and Everyday Experience: Multiple Methods Research on Couple Relationships and Personal Lives.

Gabb J, Fink J - Sociology (2015)

Sumaira’s diary.I drew this while I wait for [partner] to finish. It is where we went for our walk. I got to wear my wellies! That’s when you know it’s an adventure!
© Copyright Policy - open-access
Related In: Results  -  Collection

License 1 - License 2 - License 3
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getmorefigures.php?uid=PMC4591515&req=5

fig2-0038038515578993: Sumaira’s diary.I drew this while I wait for [partner] to finish. It is where we went for our walk. I got to wear my wellies! That’s when you know it’s an adventure!
Mentions: In this one diary extract and in the visual illustration (see Figure 2), Sumaira describes a single moment in her day. What it tells us about her and her couple relationship is, however, immeasurable and it serves to initiate broader direct and indirect analysis of our research themes, in particular generation, parenthood and gender. Throughout her diary Sumaira adopts the position of storyteller, a role that she appears to relish and through which she recounts her past, present and imagined future. Through an everyday homecoming scene she describes a traditional gendered norm of coupledom in which she depicts herself as the homemaker and her partner as the capable breadwinner. The dinner cooked for his return and its consumption at the dinner table discursively represent how things should be done, including the provision of quality couple time: ‘perfect’.

Bottom Line: In this article we demonstrate how, by refining our research tools and conceptual imagination, we can better understand these vibrant and visceral relationships.The Enduring Love?study included an online survey (n = 5445) and multi-sensory qualitative research with couples (n = 50) to interrogate how they experience, understand and sustain their long-term relationships.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: The Open University, UK.

ABSTRACT

Everyday moments and ordinary gestures create the texture of long-term couple relationships. In this article we demonstrate how, by refining our research tools and conceptual imagination, we can better understand these vibrant and visceral relationships. The 'moments approach' that we propose provides a lens through which to focus in on couples' everyday experiences, to gain insight on processes, meanings and cross-cutting analytical themes whilst ensuring that feelings and emotionality remain firmly attached. Calling attention to everyday relationship practices, we draw on empirical research to illustrate and advance our conceptual and methodological argument. The Enduring Love? study included an online survey (n = 5445) and multi-sensory qualitative research with couples (n = 50) to interrogate how they experience, understand and sustain their long-term relationships.

No MeSH data available.


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