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Family Photographs as a Topic for Conversation

Montague, Jane (2007) Family Photographs as a Topic for Conversation. In: Narrative and Memory. University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield, pp. 63-71.

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      This paper outlines one aspect of a study that focused on generating and
      analysing discursive data in order to explore older women’s constructions of
      their relationships: the use of personal photographs as a stimulus for
      ‘purposeful’ conversation. Photographs have been implemented in many ways
      throughout the social sciences and the approach discussed here was particularly
      influenced by work that began in the 1970s and 1980s with studies using photo
      elicitation (Collier and Collier, 1986) and those using what has become termed
      ‘the home mode’ (Musello, 1979). The resulting interactional data were then
      transcribed and analysed using the ethnomethodological approaches of
      conversation analysis and membership categorisation analysis. Asking women
      to talk about their personal photographs revealed a range of relational features.
      In particular they stimulated remembered, storied accounts of events and
      experiences relating to their relationships.

      Item Type: Book Chapter
      Additional Information: Jane Montague completed her PhD with the Open University in 2006. Her thesis explores how a group of older women construct their relationships using their personal photographs as a topic of conversation. She now works as a Lecturer in Social Psychology and Qualitative Methods at the University of Derby and as an Associate Lecturer for the Open University.
      Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
      Schools: School of Human and Health Sciences > Narrative and Memory Research Group > Narrative and Memory Research Group Annual Conference
      School of Human and Health Sciences
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      Depositing User: Graham Stone
      Date Deposited: 29 May 2009 15:18
      Last Modified: 30 Jul 2010 14:02


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