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Projects in 2013

Enduring Love? Couple relationships in the 21st century

Investigators: Jacqui Gabb (Senior Lecturer, OU Faculty of Social Sciences), Janet Fink (Senior Lecturer, OU Faculty of Social Sciencces), Jane McCarthy (Reader, OU Faculty of Social Sciences), Martina Klett-Davies (Research Associate, OU Faculty of Social Sciences)

Placing Ourselves - investigating categories of belonging and integration

Placing Ourselves

Despite decades of policy-research dialogue integration within the context of migration-mobility remains a contested concept. This project aims to challenge existing binaries in migration, multiculturalism and integration research by conducting research into the dialogical relations between place and practices of belonging and integration.

Family Troubles?

Child on Swing

How far are difficult or painful events a general feature of family lives, how do troubled families normalise their lives, and when do ‘changes’ and ‘troubles’ become ‘harm’? And how do ‘family’ discourses and practices re/create such divisions and perspectives?

Rewriting the rules: expanding understandings of love, sex and relationships

Rewriting the rules: Book

Investigator: Meg-John Barker (Senior Lecturer, OU Faculty of Social Sciences)

This project examines dominant understandings of romantic relationships, and explores ways in which the 'rules' of such relationships are being rewritten in various ways.

Fragile Fathering: negotiating intimacy and risk in parenting practice

Investigators:  Brid Featherstone (Professor, OU Faculty of Health & Social Care), Jacqui Gabb (Senior Lecturer, OU Faculty of Social Sciences), Esther Dermott (University of Bristol)

Through case study and comparative analysis of data from two sets of fathers we will interrogate: how these fathers understand risks in relation to intimacy, sexuality and the body; the significance of popular media debates in shaping father-child interactions; the differential impact of social policies and legislation on paternal practices in particular contexts.

Understanding the Self-management of Chronic Low Back Pain

Self-management is a core feature of contemporary forms of governance and it is central to current health strategy around chronic low back pain. Its concept and meaning for those involved, however, need to be better understood if it is to be successful. CCIG’s Professor Paul Stenner is currently working on developing new solutions and methods for meeting the challenges of chronic low back pain.

Mission Impossible?

Mission Impossible? The 1976 Spanish Law for Political Reform

This British Academy funded research project led by Georgina Blakeley seeks to explain an unexpected political outcome: why Francoist deputies voted overwhelmingly for the 1976 Law for Political Reform which brought about their own political demise.

Creating Publics

The project emerges out work undertaken under the auspices of CCIG’s Publics Research Programme and the recognition that there is a need to bring contemporary research on public mediation to bear on the public engagement agenda.

Acknowledging that opportunities to perform publicly are both increasingly diverse as well as more and more unevenly available, the project investigates the current drive for publicly engaging social science research by exploring what is at stake in different contexts and experimenting with new approaches to practice.

Divide and rule, unite and resist

Divide and rule, unite and resist is a field study in Pietermartizburg, South Africa funded by the British Academy.

The project is led by John Dixon (Professor of Social Psychology, The Open University, CCIG member) and Kevin Durrheim (Department of Psychology, University of KwaZulu-Natal) and is also being partly funded by the National Research Foundation of South Africa.

Migrant Mothers Caring for the Future

Migrant Mothers Caring for the Future - Creative interventions in making new citizens is an AHRC funded project that brings together a range of international, national, methodological and multidisciplinary perspectives, including contributions from the disciplines of sociology, migration studies, cultural studies, cultural geography and the creative arts, and will promote shared conversations and knowledge exchange between academic researchers, arts practitioners and policymakers.

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