Care, gender and employment: changing times, changing methods

Peter Moss, Ann Mooney, Rebecca O'Connell, June Statham

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Over the last 30 years, the authors have collaborated with Julia Brannen on five major research studies: the Day Care Project in the 1980s; the study of Four Generation Families at the turn of the millennium; the Care Careers Project in the mid 2000s; and, most recently, Fathers across Three Generations and the Food Practices and Employed Families with Younger Children studies. This article offers an overview of the studies, situating them in their particular historical contexts and the important economic and social changes that have taken place in these contexts. It shows how the theme of the relationship between care, gender and employment has run through all five studies, and also how two complementary themes - intergenerational relationships and the role of fathers - have gained increased prominence, as has the concept of time particularly across the life course. It examines how Julia's approach to researching the relationship between care and employment has changed over the course of the studies, including evolving conceptualisations and time frames and the introduction and use of new methods.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)173-181
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Social Research Methodology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2014


  • biographical approach
  • care
  • employment
  • gender
  • mixed methods


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