Relevant, focused and accessible this book will provide students with an indispensible guide to the central concepts of family studies.
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 [Page 150]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 ...