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Research design and methods: doing comparative cross-national research

Suzan Lewis, Julia Brannen and Ann Nilsen

in Work, families and organisations in transition

Published by Policy Press

Published in print July 2009 | ISBN: 9781847422200
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447304326 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847422200.003.0002
Research design and methods: doing comparative cross-national research

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This chapter discusses the research design and methods of the study, providing insights that contextualise the discussions in the subsequent chapters. In this chapter, the logic of the different phases and stages of the Transitions study is outlined, with particular attention being given to the organisational case studies. Although data from these case studies provide the key empirical material for the book, this phase must be seen within the methodological design and framework of the whole Transitions study. What sets the Transitions study apart from similar studies of how parents negotiate work and family boundaries is the interplay of the different layers of context in which fathers' and mothers' lives are embedded and shape the ways in which individuals and families arrive at choices and decisions. This particular design thereby allows for a grounded and contextualised analysis of the different data collected in this study.

Keywords: research design; research methods; Transitions study; organisational case studies; work; family

Chapter.  5216 words. 

Subjects: Marriage and the Family

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