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Researching the lifecourseCritical reflections from the social sciences$
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Nancy Worth and Irene Hardill

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781447317524

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447317524.001.0001

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Time and the lifecourse

Time and the lifecourse

perspectives from qualitative longitudinal research

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Researching the lifecourse

Bren Neale

Policy Press

This chapter explores ways to conceptualise and study the lifecourse, drawing on perspectives from Qualitative Longitudinal (QL) Research. Contrasting approaches to lifecourse research are outlined, and ways of linking lived experiences with broader structural processes are explored. Consideration is then given to how temporality can be theorised and investigated, moving beyond clock time to reveal the fluid, multidimensional and recursive aspects of time. Varied ways of ‘slicing’ time are suggested, drawing on time as a theoretical construct, a methodological strategy and a substantive topic in its own right. The overall aim is to enrich lifecourse research by bringing time and lived experiences more centrally into the picture.

Keywords:   time, lived experiences, lifecourse theory, qualitative longitudinal research

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