Type de publicationBook Chapter
Year of Publication2017
AuteursCesnuityté, V, Lück, D, Widmer, E
Book TitleFamily continuity and change
Series TitlePalgrave Macmillan Studies in Family and Intimate Life
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Place PublishedLondon, 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.

Refereed DesignationRefereed