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Creativity and methodological innovation in the sociology of familial and intimate relationships

Friday, November 29, 2019, 8:00 AM until 5:00 PM
Western Sydney University
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Rooms PC-01.6.31 (LS), PC-01.6.21 (LS)
Paramatta city campus , NS  2116

Sally Daly
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As a long-standing core sub-discipline, the sociology of families and intimate relationships is deeply rooted in the established methods of qualitative and quantitative inquiry. But as the diversity and ambiguity of familial and intimate relationships are foregrounded, sociologists are arguing for less traditional, more experimental ways of interrogating their ‘facets’ (Mason, 2011), ‘parts of the jigsaw’ (Gabb, 2009), and ‘kaleidoscopes’ (McCarthy et al. 2003). The field is a vibrant focus of methodological and conceptual innovation as scholars draw on interdisciplinary, creative and technological advances to enliven methods and devise new ways of understanding and theorising families and intimate relationships. The challenge, as Gabb and Silva (2011) note, is building and adapting methods that capture the ‘vitality’ and specificity of familial relationships while also linking them into shared contexts and patterns of contemporary familial life. To this we suggest an additional challenge: the importance of extending sociological methods and sites of study beyond the metropole and decolonising research methods, sites and definitions of relationality. This one day meeting will bring together researchers at all stages of their career who are seeking to forge responsive and creative methods for investigating familial and intimate relationships. It is designed to facilitate attendees working together to share, interrogate and extend the methodological and methods approaches in their current work. We welcome explorations of multiple methods, innovative and traditional, with the aim of providing an opportunity to explore the possibilities and challenges of methodological creativity. We will also host a hands-on collaborative workshop exploring creative approaches to methods, analysis and engagement—research that is embodied, situated, personal and political, that opens up diversity, accessibility and the co-existence of voices and ideas.