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Projects in 2010

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)

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?

Oecumene: Citizenship After Orientalism

Oecumene: Citizenship After Orientalism

This project, led by Prof Engin Isin, is funded by the European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Grant (Institutions, values, beliefs and behaviour ERC-AG-SH2). The project focuses on the interaction between two controversial and contested concepts: citizenship – the process by which belonging is recognised and enacted – and orientalism – the assertion of the superiority of western culture over its eastern counterparts.

Governing by Inspection

Governing by Inspection: School Inspection and Education Governance in Scotland, England and Sweden

Community participation and social inclusion: The work of Community Mobilisers in Milton Keynes

Investigators: Deb Drake (Lecturer, OU Faculty of Social Sciences), Kate Smith (Curriculum Manager, OU Faculty of Social Sciences), Katy Simmons (OU Faculty of Education and Language Studies)

Gender and Intra-Household Entitlements (GeNix): A Cross-National Longitudinal Analysis

Investigators: Susan Himmelweit (Professor, OU Faculty of Social Sciences), Jerome De Henau (Lecturer, OU Faculty of Social Sciences), Cristina Santos (Lecturer, OU Faculty of Social Sciences) and Zeenat Soobedar (Research Associate, OU Faculty of Social Sciences)

Childhoods, Communities and Social Inequalities

Telegraph Poles

Investigators: Helen Lomax (Senior Lecturer, OU Faculty of Health & Social Care) and Janet Fink (Senior Lecturer, OU Faculty of Social Sciences)

Maternal Identity, Care and Intersubjectivity

The aim for this ESRC-funded work is to extend the implications of Prof Wendy Holloway’s recent empirical project on the identity transition involved in becoming a mother to wider theoretical, methodological, epistemological and applied questions raised by a psycho-social approach to identity research.

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Everyday Encounters in Children’s Centres: placing women’s participation

Investigator: Ellie Jupp (OU Faculty of Social Sciences)

The research seeks to understand how far interactions and identifications at Childrens Centres are framed by rationalities of parenting policy and how far by other dynamics of collective life including friendship, locality and community activism.

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