A Bergsonian analysis of time in qualitative research: understanding lived experiences of street homeless people in Moscow

McDonough, Brian and Stephenson, Svetlana (2022) A Bergsonian analysis of time in qualitative research: understanding lived experiences of street homeless people in Moscow. Qualitative Research. ISSN 1741-3109 (In Press)

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Understanding of how ‘time’ is experienced is essential for doing qualitative research. This article explores how time seemingly stands still, speeds up, slows down, rewinds and fast-forwards for the participants in our qualitative investigations. Drawing upon interview data with street homeless people in Moscow, Russia, this article examines the ways in which time is contextualized and used by research participants to make sense of their everyday experiences and important events in their lives. There is a tendency to understand time by measuring it, rather than seeing it as something within which lived experience happens and qualitative research is carried out. Drawing on Bergson’s conception of time as duration, this article examines the ways in which time can be distinctively used and understood within qualitative research.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This article has been accepted for publication in Qualitative Research published by SAGE, ISSN 1741-3109
Uncontrolled Keywords: Qualitative research; time; homeless people; Moscow; Bergson, Henri
Subjects: 100 Philosophy & psychology
300 Social sciences
300 Social sciences > 360 Social problems & services; associations
Department: School of Social Sciences and Professions
Depositing User: Professor Svetlana Stephenson
Date Deposited: 12 Jul 2022 09:03
Last Modified: 12 Jul 2022 09:04
URI: http://repository.londonmet.ac.uk/id/eprint/7807

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