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Participant pseudonyms in qualitative family research: a sociological and temporal note

Participant pseudonyms in qualitative family research: a sociological and temporal note
Participant pseudonyms in qualitative family research: a sociological and temporal note
This article explores the pseudonyms that UK-based family sociologists have used to refer to and discuss participants in writing up their studies from the post-war to the present day. It takes a sociological and temporal perspective on the conventions for naming research participants in qualitative studies of family life. Drawing on major monographs reporting on studies of family lives across the period, I show that over time, since the 1950s and ‘60s, (pseudo)naming practice has reflected a firm trajectory towards an intimate rather than neutral research relationship, with use of personal names able to convey a sense of closeness to the particular participant by researchers to the readers. I argue that temporal disciplinary investigatory zeitgeists underpin pseudonym conventions, and that personal names have become the normalised, unspoken standard.
pseudonyms; family studies; temporality; researcher positioning; intimacy
2046-7435
Edwards, Rosalind
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Edwards, Rosalind
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Edwards, Rosalind (2019) Participant pseudonyms in qualitative family research: a sociological and temporal note. Families, Relationships and Societies. (In Press)

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This article explores the pseudonyms that UK-based family sociologists have used to refer to and discuss participants in writing up their studies from the post-war to the present day. It takes a sociological and temporal perspective on the conventions for naming research participants in qualitative studies of family life. Drawing on major monographs reporting on studies of family lives across the period, I show that over time, since the 1950s and ‘60s, (pseudo)naming practice has reflected a firm trajectory towards an intimate rather than neutral research relationship, with use of personal names able to convey a sense of closeness to the particular participant by researchers to the readers. I argue that temporal disciplinary investigatory zeitgeists underpin pseudonym conventions, and that personal names have become the normalised, unspoken standard.

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Accepted/In Press date: 15 October 2019
Keywords: pseudonyms; family studies; temporality; researcher positioning; intimacy

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Local EPrints ID: 430244
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/430244
ISSN: 2046-7435
PURE UUID: e7893c44-31f4-441d-9f95-3df96bb7aad6
ORCID for Rosalind Edwards: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-3512-9029

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Date deposited: 23 Apr 2019 16:30
Last modified: 24 Apr 2019 00:31

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