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Research project

Wives’ role in pioneering classic community studies: the Bethnal Green and Salford diaries

Project overview

This research aims to illuminate how social researchers’ wives bridged community and social sciences for their husbands’ studies, to contribute to knowledge about mid-20th century social research practices, and community and family life. It does so through thematic and narrative analyses of the wives’ contemporaneous diaries recording local community and intergenerational family life, as well as their later reflections on the community studies and their role.


Lead researcher

Professor Rosalind Edwards

Professor of Sociology

Research interests

  • Families and parenting
  • Qualitative and mixed research methods
  • Qualitative and longitudinal data analysis
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