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Family rhythmsThe changing textures of family life in Ireland$
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Jane Gray, Ruth Geraghty, and David Ralph

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780719091513

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719091513.001.0001

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Introduction: Irish families in the sociological imagination

Introduction: Irish families in the sociological imagination

(p.1) Introduction: Irish families in the sociological imagination
Family rhythms

Jane Gray

Ruth Geraghty

David Ralph

Manchester University Press

This chapter introduces the approach and plan of the book. It describes the distinctiveness of sociological perspectives on family life and locates the book in its contemporary context. Readers are invited to reflect on their own understanding of ‘family’ and to think about what is interesting about the Irish experience of family change. The chapter includes a description of the archived qualitative longitudinal data that are referenced throughout the book: Life Histories and Social Change (2007) and Growing Up in Ireland Wave 1 at 9 years (2008). Through a comparative analysis of these data the authors tracked the diverse family experiences of Irish people born in different historical periods.

Keywords:   Archived data, Life course, Qualitative longitudinal data, Sociological imagination

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