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Intimate Relationships

We consider notions of families, personal relationships, and households, whilst also recognising their continuing significance at political, policy and personal levels.

About the programme

Our focus is the diverse ways in which people live and experience their personal lives and relationships. We take a comprehensive view, which incorporates material and socio-cultural contexts into the emotional dynamics of families and relationships. 

The programme is interdisciplinary in approach and the theoretical focus is wide ranging, encompassing: personal relationships, inter-subjectivity, relationality, autonomy and connectedness care, emotion, memory and representations power, control and resources legislation, policy-making and welfare practice.

The Programme has been, since its inception, at the forefront of cutting-edge research in this field and we have contributed to pioneering publications, including a new journal, Families, Relationships and Society.
Dr Naomi Moller, the one of the Directors of Intimate Relationships, explores the programme's interests in more detail, in the following video.

Programme Directors

Dr Naomi Moller and Dr Andreas Vossler

Research highlights

Death in the family in urban Senegal

Death in the family in urban Senegal

This research project provides the first in-depth understanding of responses to death, care and family relations in urban Africa.

Methods in Motion Blog 1: Elizabeth Silva introduces Methods in Motion

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23 September 2016

Methods are ways of knowing, and they are always changing. Academics have recently become highly methodologically creative, inventing a swathe of new practical ways of knowing about social life. Yet we at CCIG would argue that researchers must go beyond meeting the intensified demand for new methods. Methods are important because what we know is changed by how we know it. Furthermore, the reasons why someone uses a particular method are linked to their wider ends and means; what makes useful knowledge in that specific field.

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.