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JS_RN11_RN13_06: Understanding change in relational processes in the context of wider networks over time
Thursday, 22/Aug/2019:
2:00pm - 3:30pm

Session Chair: Julie Brownlie, University of Edinburgh
Session Chair: Lynn Jamieson, University of Edinburgh
Location: BS.4.04A
Manchester Metropolitan University Building: Business School, Fourth Floor, North Atrium Oxford Road

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Being a Daughter in Transnational Family –everyday emotional negotiation of Japanese women in southeast London

Kaoru Takahashi

Goldsmiths, University of London, United Kingdom

This study presents various ways of maintaining transnational family kinship with a particular focus on the parent and daughter relationship based on my ethnographic fieldwork on Japanese women migrants in southeast London. Understanding the ongoing transnational identity of the Japanese women who maintains their emotional attachment to multiple places seamlessly in everyday life and practice, this study explores how they negotiate the role of ‘caring Japanese daughter’ in their everyday lives in southeast London through transitions in their gendered identity. By focusing especially on their emotional experience, this study aims to uncover the way that Japanese cultural and social norms of caring in a parent and daughter relationship shape the women’s emotion and practice in London.

The relationship between daughter and parents and the corresponding emotional experiences they encounter seem to be highly personal. However, asking questions about what shapes their emotions, what it is like to be a ‘good daughter’ and what emotional response to their parents they think is ‘correct’ in a particular cultural context, can tell emotion as the embodied experience of social expectation or shared values. Particularly in the case of Japanese cultural norms, responsibility for elderly care in Japanese households has been shouldered primarily by women.

This study illuminates the complex interplay of transnational relationships with the life course, as well as the way they perform and practice their gendered and ethnic identity within it. By doing so, it also speaks to the validity of emotion as a sociological lens to understand the migration experience.

Being A Father And A Refugee: Encountering New Social Worlds As Part Of Fatherhood And Family ‘Integration’ In The UK.

Tina Miller1, Esther Dermott2

1Oxford Brookes University, United Kingdom; 2University of Bristol. United Kingdom

This paper explores the intersections of the emotional life of families and personal relationships through a focus on the experiences of Syrian refugee men who are fathers. The research project from which the data emerges is a small scale longitudinal qualitative project focused on men’s experiences of fatherhood and doing family life in the UK, following forced migration from Syria. It focuses on how paternal responsibilities are (re)framed and everyday practices maintained and/or changed as the household is managed, within different structural contexts and cultural and gendered expectations. What aspects of personal relationships and paternal caring and work are/can be continued and what aspects of these are prioritised in relation to doing family? How is emotional life understood and experienced as familial relationships are managed across country borders and ‘host’/new country normative assumptions? What connections do they maintain and/or create?

Shared intimacies? A Longitudinal Analysis of Two Partners’ Networks of Emotional Closeness

Anna-Maija Castrén

University of Eastern Finland, Finland

What happens in two partners’ networks of emotionally significant relationships during the first years of marriage? The conventional idea is that as two partners become committed to each other, their individual networks gradually ‘grow in’ and start to overlap. This has been referred to with the concept of marital network, meaning the joint network of partners in a stable, long-term relationship. This paper reports findings from on on-going study in which two partners’ (in a couple) emotionally significant relationships are analysed at two time points. Data consist of information on the networks of 13 Finnish mixed sex couples in their first marriage. Longitudinal data were collected at the time of couple’s wedding (T1) and after three to eight years of marriage (T2). Different kinds of data are used: personal narratives of wives and husbands interviewed individually and longitudinal structured information on the people they consider emotionally significant at the two time points. The analysis draws from a figurational perspective that combines insider and outsider perspectives and highlights both the subjective view of research participants expressed in qualitative interviews and the relational setting delineated with tools of network analysis. The results highlight differences in the relational processes of two partners in a couple and a variation in extent to which being in a couple (and becoming a parent, for example) influences an individual’s circle of the closest persons.

Collectivity, Separation and Closeness. Intimacy and Emotions in Narratives of Parental Relations in Youth across Three Generations

Kristinn Hegna, Kristin Vasbø

Faculty of Educational Science, University of Oslo, Norway

In research, the intimate relations between parents and youth are often described from the perspective of parents and as a precondition for development, social reproduction or socialisation. Young people’s experiences and narratives of belonging in such intimate relations, are less described. This paper explores generational change in the stories of young people’s relations to their parents, drawing on 73 life-history interviews with 18/19 year-old Norwegians (current generation), their parents (80’ies youth generation) and grandparents (50’ies youth generation). The study aims to contrast and compare the narratives of three generations’ relations to their parents in youth. Starting from the family as a space for belonging and feeling ‘at home’ (Yuval-Davies 2006), our focus is on the practices of intimacy (Jamieson, 1998) and the sociocultural constructions of emotions (Lupton, 1998; Illouz, Gilon & Shachak 2014) across generations.

The narrative analyses show that youth-parent relationships are described with warmth, admiration and a strong sense of belonging by today’s youth as well as by their grandparents. The oldest generation trust and respect their parents’ authority and display a sense of familial collectivity. The current generation trust and feel safe with their parents, due to their closeness to them as individuals and emotional openness. The generation of 80’ies youth emphasise individual autonomy, describe their relationship to their parents as distant, conflictual, distrusting and, in retrospect, with a sense of longing for the emotional openness of today.

Contemporary youth describe trusting and interdependent relationships with their parents, and are co-producers of the youth-parent relationship as they nurture their intimate relations to their parents. This cross-generational study provides a nuanced illustration of youth-parent relations in the context of historical change.