Children’s Perceptions of Parents’ Work in a Context of Sectarian Conflict

Document Type

Grant Proposal

Date Accepted

Summer 2005

Project Description/Abstract

Women are entering the workforce in Northern Ireland in record numbers. In fact, the rise in women’s employment, particularly part-time employment, is the largest increase by any group in the country. For many years the country has experienced conflict between Catholics and Protestants, nearly always producing tension and sometimes leading to violence in communities, particularly those interface communities where there is direct contact between the two groups. The focus of the present study is on the management of work and family-how it is accomplished in a community experiencing sectarian conflict. During the grant period, summer 2005, I will analyze transcripts of interview with children from 26 families to better understand their perceptions of their parents’ work. Qualitative methodology will involve line-by-line analysis of the transcripts, discovering emerging themes, and the results this summer and submit an article to a peer reviewed journal.

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