Relevant, focused and accessible this book will provide students with an indispensible guide to the central concepts of family studies.

Phenomenological Approaches

Phenomenological approaches


Phenomenology is used here as an umbrella term covering a range of approaches to family studies that share a primary focus on people's own family meanings and face-to-face interactions in their families and close relationships.


Phenomenology is a philosophical approach taken up by both psychologists and sociologists, albeit with rather different emphases. Its primary orientation to human life is that it has to be understood through the meanings and perceptions by which people make sense of their daily lived experiences. Here, it encompasses a number of related approaches, including phenomenology itself as an elaborated philosophical approach, social interactionism, ethnomethodology, interpretivism, social constructionism and some psycho-social approaches, as well as some narrative methodologies that explore how people make sense of their biographies. As a ...

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