The Timescapes Study and Archive: A Resource for Secondary Use Bren Neale University of Leeds
The Timescapes Study First major Qualitative Longitudinal study, ESRC funded for 5 years Enriching the UK Portfolio of longitudinal resources for secondary use Consortium of five Universities, team of 37.
Two dimensions of Timescapes –Empirical research, key substantive themes –Timescapes Archive as national level dataset
What is Timescapes about? Personal lives, relationships, identities Families, intimacy, friendship, care, support Parents, grandparents, sons, daughters, siblings, friends, spouses, partners, lovers, singletons
Engaging with the Temporal Dynamics of personal lives – through life course and across generations Intertwining of biography and history Temporal framing: growing up, forming relationships, bearing and rearing children, living in families, growing older, passing on.
Methods Tracking people, ‘walking alongside’ as their lives unfold Using a rich palette of ethnographic methods Finding out how change is created, lived, experienced Subjective understandings of causality, how and why people move from a to b. Harnessing rich explanatory power of QLL enquiry
Policy themes Intergenerational care and support Long term resourcing of families Temporal issues of work-life balance, social exclusion Implications for life chances, health and well being
The 7 projects Siblings and friends Young Lives and times Dynamics of motherhood Masculinities, identities and risk Work and family lives Grandparents, social exclusion and health The oldest generation
The Timescapes Archive Rich extensive documentary evidence about the dynamics of personal lives: gathered together to form a special collection. Written and audio accounts, diaries, drawings, film and photography. A national level data set for re-use among researchers in and beyond academia and future generations of social historians.
Expanding the Resource Sample size likely to double over first phase of study Five affiliated projects, e.g. tracking young single people, people undergoing fertility treatment, the lives of disabled people, young black men and Chinese children and their parents.
Building a Community of Users Archive based on principle of data sharing Affiliated projects: not just secondary use, but linking primary and secondary use in a live study A magnet for further research Setting a new agenda for the framing of qualitative enquiry. E.g life course analyses of fatherhood
Enriched portfolio of temporal resources Mixed method strategy for longitudinal enquiry. E.g. older life bid Comparability of data with QNL datasets Collaborations with NCDS Become a timescapes user!! www.timescapes.leeds.ac.uk