|Publication Type||Book Chapter|
|Year of Publication||2017|
|Authors||Cesnuityté, V, Lück, D, Widmer, E|
|Book Title||Family continuity and change|
|Series Title||Palgrave Macmillan Studies in Family and Intimate Life|
|Place Published||London, United Kingdom|
This chapter has set out three different approaches to the study of family life: practice theory, historical contextualization, and narrative analysis. The choice of approach, of course, will depend on which aspects of family life are of interest—the everyday or whether the focus is over long stretches of a life’s course or across family generations. In addition, time and place are important factors in any analysis. In relation to the micro routine or habitual aspects of family lives, I have pointed to social practice theories. It is obvious that the habitual aspects of people’s lives alter and are modified over time. Yet such behaviours are not easily subject to recall or reflection by their practitioners and are therefore among the most difficult for researchers to study.