The study is being showcased at several conferences and events this year. The following is a list of presentations about the study for 2016 (both past and upcoming!).
American Association of Geographers, San Francisco, USA
Using qualitative secondary analysis to explore gendered and generational relationships in families in low-income localities in the UK
In recent years, the possibilities and pitfalls of qualitative secondary analysis (QSA) have been the subject of intense critical debate, particularly in British sociology, but less so in social geography. Such debate is linked to the growing availability of qualitative data in digital archives, increasingly accessible to social researchers of all academic disciplines. In this presentation I will take the position that the re-use of qualitative data collected by other researchers might usefully be re-analysed for the purposes of geographical enquiry. Archived qualitative data sets open up possibilities for developing new social explanation, and asking pertinent methodological questions and therefore have great potential for developing geographical knowledge and understanding. I support this argument through a critical consideration of how the secondary analysis of linked qualitative longitudinal datasets has been utilised to explore processes of change and continuity in the lives of low-income families in a northern city of England. The analysis revealed the importance of processes of gender, generation and social exclusion in shaping peoples experiences of place, family and intergenerational relationships. I conclude that qualitative secondary analysis might be useful methodological tool for social geographers to explore further and that has the capacity to extend analyses of place that are sensitive to the processes and complexities of intergenerational (in)justice and gender inequalities as they are lived out locally in a global, neoliberal context.
10th May Masculinities, roles and transitions: exploring diversity and well-being in the unfolding of men’s lives (FSHI funded), University of Leeds
Intergenerational inequalities and qualitative secondary analysis: The role of third sector support in the transitions to fatherhood and grandfatherhood in low-income families.
Friday 3rd June – Father figures, Open University / Family Matters Institute
Men’s care responsibilities as kinship carers in low-income families: some preliminary findings
13th 15th June CRFR International Conference – Unequal Families and Relationships, University of Edinburgh
Using qualitative secondary analysis to explore men’s responsibilities and care trajectories in low-income localities; methodological and substantive considerations
This paper addresses the methodological and substantive outcomes of a qualitative secondary analysis (QSA) conducted on two qualitative longitudinal datasets from the Timescapes archive; Following Young Fathers and Intergenerational Exchange. The analysis was conducted to develop new empirical research that will shed light on men’s experiences of living in low-income families. Qualitative secondary analysis, particularly that is conducted by a secondary analyst with no prior involvement in the original context of data production, is a relatively uncharted methodological territory raising a number of ethical and practical challenges. These challenges are further exacerbated when analyzing across two datasets. I explore some of the challenges I encountered and explain they were worked out and argue that, despite them, it has been possible to understand some of the mechanisms that influence the extent to which men are able or unable to fulfill their care responsibilities in low-income localities as their lives unfold. Using examples of analysis of the data, I will argue that we can hypothesise that financial insecurity, a gendered division of labour and relationship breakdown are key causal mechanisms that influence the extent to which men can fulfill their responsibilities over time but that we require additional empirical research with men to test and make such claims and to develop valid and reliable public theories.
Tuesday 8th NCRM 7th ESRC Research Methods Festival, University of Bath
Invited talk: Getting out of the swamp: a strategy for working across qualitative longitudinal data sets to develop research design
1st 2nd, Ethics and Social Welfare in hard times: 10th Anniversary Conference, Friends House, London
Achieving gender equality in care for men during a period austerity?
Despite a convergence of poverty rates between men and women since the imposition of austerity measures, the female face of poverty means that men’s situations and their vulnerabilities to becoming impoverished are sidelined (Dermott and Pantazis, 2014), resulting in a limited evidence base about men’s poverty and experiences of living on a low-income. The relative invisibility of men’s poverty has been attributed to issues with poverty analysis more generally, which has captured single adult or female headed households as the main unit of analysis (Bennett and Daly, 2014). More complicated arrangements, such as multiple adult and couple households, remain under-explored (Dermott and Pantazis, 2014) and gender inequalities are not always identified as explanations for creating risks of poverty. Focusing on the household as a unit of analysis can be insightful, but people tend to live in families and to focus on the function of the household is to under-privilege the relational, ontological and social factors that are implicated in poverty processes (Daly and Kelly, 2015) and wider interdependencies that extend across households. Continuities in the gendering of care also result in a limited understanding of men’s role as carers in these contexts.
This paper reports on qualitative longitudinal empirical evidence that is currently being generated from a Leverhulme Trust funded study called, Men, Poverty and Lifetimes of Care, that seeks to address this omission in the existing evidence through an examination of men’s care responsibilities in low-income families over time and across the life course. Such evidence has the potential to inform research and policy and to make visible the experiences of men with care responsibilities and the processes that enable or constrain them. Understanding these processes is essential for the purposes of social justice and for supporting action to influence and encourage gender equality for men providing care in a wider societal context, characterized by an ethic of work.