Children Creating Kinship, 2004-2006


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Children Creating Kinship, 2004-2006 explores how children create kinship in their everyday lives. The aim of the study was to examine the range of relationships which matter to children and ask how children experience, shape and give meaning to these relationships. Relationships with parents and friends are often seen as most significant in children's lives. However, relationships (both past and present) with others such as relatives, carers, neighbours, pets, mentors, teachers and professionals may also be very important and meaningful to children. Therefore, in this study, kinship has been defined broadly, fluidly and from the perspectives of children themselves. In exploring how children create kinship with others, the study focuses not only on children's attitudes to kin relationships, but also on the kinship practices in their everyday lives. Special interest was given to how children are active participants in family life and in the ways they are involved in building and maintaining relationships. The focus on everyday kinship practices seeks to recognise that kinship is negotiated both through daily, ordinary activities as well as during the more unusual events (such as family change) which are also woven into everyday experience. The study available from the UKDA comprises semi-structured interviews with 41 children. Photographs and drawings by the children which formed part of the interviews are not available. All names and places have been anonymised. Users should note that access to the data files are subject to permission being granted by the depositor (see Access section below). Further information is available from the Morgan Centre project web page and the ESRC Award web page.

Main Topics:

Children's relationships with family, kin, friends, animals and others.

Quota sample

Purposive selection/case studies

Volunteer sample

Face-to-face interview

Metadata Access
Creator Flowerdew, J., University of Leeds, Centre for Research on Family, Life Course and Generations; Tipper, R., University of Manchester, Morgan Centre for the Study of Relationships and Personal Life; Mason, J., Lancaster University
Publisher UK Data Service
Publication Year 2009
Funding Reference Economic and Social Research Council
Rights Copyright J. Mason, J. Flowerdew and R. Tipper; <p>The Data Collection is available to UK Data Service registered users subject to the <a href="" target="_blank">End User Licence Agreement</a>.</p><p>Use of the data requires approval from the data owner or their nominee.</p>
OpenAccess true
Language English
Resource Type Text; Semi-structured interview transcripts; Interview notes
Discipline Social Sciences
Spatial Coverage North of England; England