Timescapes explored relationships that span the life course through seven empirical projects.
These projects tracked individuals and family groups over time to document changes and continuities in their relationships and identities.
We explored how such changes were 'worked out' in different socio-economic, historical and cultural contexts.
Timescapes projects gathered a wealth of information about micro level social experience, and built pictures of context through exploring family and intimate relationships, friendships, localities and patterns of interaction and subjective experiences over biographical time.
Collectively, the projects included 318 people from all walks of life, living in varied communities across the UK.
All of the projects had a longitudinal design with the potential for long term follow up. By bringing the projects together to create a unified study and dataset, we developed an innovative approach to the scaling up of qualitative research.
- Siblings and Friends tracked the lives of fifty children from mid-childhood to young adulthood.
- Young Lives and Times followed an age cohort of young people from varied backgrounds as they grew through their teenage years and into early adulthood.
- The Dynamics of Motherhood aimed to provide a picture of what it means to be a mother in the 21st century.
- Masculinities, Identities and Risk sought to find out just how life-changing fatherhood can be.
- Work and Family Lives explored the ways in which families reconcile their work and family lives over time.
- Intergenerational Exchange generated insights into the lived experience of social exclusion.
- The Oldest Generation was concerned with the dynamic nature of older people's relationships and identities in the context of changing structures of family life and service provision.
Secondary Analysis Project
The secondary analysis project addressed substantive and conceptual questions around social change, and provided insights into some important domains of social life in the early part of the 21st century.
The Inventing Adulthoods study produced unique longitudinal data about the lives of young people living in five locations in the UK.
Timescapes Policy Briefing Papers
Timescapes has produced a number of Policy Briefing papers that were launched at the Timescapes Conference in June 2011.