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Social Support and MotherhoodThe Natural History of a Research Project$
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Ann Oakley

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781447349457

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447349457.001.0001

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Eve in the Garden of Health Research

Eve in the Garden of Health Research

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Social Support and Motherhood

Ann Oakley

Policy Press

The lives of most social researchers are dominated by the recurrent need to produce research proposals. This is particularly so for contract researchers — people who must raise their own salaries in addition to the direct costs of the research. For contract researchers, a research proposal is essentially a job application: failure of the proposal to secure funding means unemployment. For researchers whose contracts do not require the continual re-financing of their own jobs, the research proposal plays an important role as professional justification: the measure of a ‘good’ researcher is the number of research proposals successfully funded; or, to put it another way, the ‘failure’ to raise money is an easy invitation to professional criticism. This chapter presents the author's account of her first attempt to obtaining funding for the Social Support and Pregnancy Outcome project.

Keywords:   social researchers, contract researchers, research proposal, pregnancy, funding

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