‘ People think it’s not the real world - but it’s our world’ The significance of relationships found on the threshold between the private and the public: Exploring engagement between mothers and early years practitioners in a changing Ireland./ [PhD thesis]

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/313598
Title:
‘ People think it’s not the real world - but it’s our world’ The significance of relationships found on the threshold between the private and the public: Exploring engagement between mothers and early years practitioners in a changing Ireland./ [PhD thesis]
Authors:
Garrity, Sheila
Affiliation:
National University of Ireland, Galway
Citation:
Garrity, S "'People think it's not the real world - but it's our world'. The significance of relationships found on the threshold between the private and the public: Exploring engagement between mothers and early years practitioners in a changing Ireland." PhD Thesis NUI Galway, 2014
Publisher:
College of Arts, Social Sciences and Celtic Studies, National University of Ireland, Galway
Issue Date:
Feb-2014
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/313598
Additional Links:
http://hdl.handle.net/10379/4216
Item Type:
Thesis
Language:
en
Description:
Irish society has undergone significant economic and social transformation in the past two decades . The rapid development of the early years sector, supporting unprecedented levels of female employment, is indicative of this transformation. While the use of early years services can be perceived as a functional act, the process is also an emotional one, as a parent’s basic obligation to care is transferred to another. This thesis focuse s on these newly established social and familial behaviours , offering an exploration o f relationships between parents and childcare practitioners, within a changing Irish context. The exploratory approach to research employed an ethnographic methodology, underpinned by a social constructionist epistemology to investigate these under - studie d relationships. The research findings were analysed through the theoretical lens of the ethic of care, as well as drawing on theories and literature from relevant areas. Key research findings reveal ideas and concepts that support an understanding of the nature of the relationships under study: the concept of trust and its enigmatic construction in these relationships; the responsive, interdependent nature of the relationships; the community aspect, representing a process and potential outcome of these rel ationships, as well as suggesting a micro - level context within which these actors engage; the marketplace highlights the broader context, and the repositioning of care from the private/domestic realm to the public/productive realm; the concept of an evolvi ng maternal identity underpins the proposed developmental process and illustrative model suggesting both temporal and functional elements to these relationships.
Keywords:
RESEARCH; MOTHER; SOCIAL SUPPORT; CARER
Local subject classification:
SOCIOLOGY

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorGarrity, Sheilaen_GB
dc.date.accessioned2014-03-04T12:23:12Z-
dc.date.available2014-03-04T12:23:12Z-
dc.date.issued2014-02-
dc.identifier.citationGarrity, S "'People think it's not the real world - but it's our world'. The significance of relationships found on the threshold between the private and the public: Exploring engagement between mothers and early years practitioners in a changing Ireland." PhD Thesis NUI Galway, 2014en_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/313598-
dc.descriptionIrish society has undergone significant economic and social transformation in the past two decades . The rapid development of the early years sector, supporting unprecedented levels of female employment, is indicative of this transformation. While the use of early years services can be perceived as a functional act, the process is also an emotional one, as a parent’s basic obligation to care is transferred to another. This thesis focuse s on these newly established social and familial behaviours , offering an exploration o f relationships between parents and childcare practitioners, within a changing Irish context. The exploratory approach to research employed an ethnographic methodology, underpinned by a social constructionist epistemology to investigate these under - studie d relationships. The research findings were analysed through the theoretical lens of the ethic of care, as well as drawing on theories and literature from relevant areas. Key research findings reveal ideas and concepts that support an understanding of the nature of the relationships under study: the concept of trust and its enigmatic construction in these relationships; the responsive, interdependent nature of the relationships; the community aspect, representing a process and potential outcome of these rel ationships, as well as suggesting a micro - level context within which these actors engage; the marketplace highlights the broader context, and the repositioning of care from the private/domestic realm to the public/productive realm; the concept of an evolvi ng maternal identity underpins the proposed developmental process and illustrative model suggesting both temporal and functional elements to these relationships.en_GB
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherCollege of Arts, Social Sciences and Celtic Studies, National University of Ireland, Galwayen_GB
dc.relation.urlhttp://hdl.handle.net/10379/4216en_GB
dc.subjectRESEARCHen_GB
dc.subjectMOTHERen_GB
dc.subjectSOCIAL SUPPORTen_GB
dc.subjectCARERen_GB
dc.subject.otherSOCIOLOGYen_GB
dc.title‘ People think it’s not the real world - but it’s our world’ The significance of relationships found on the threshold between the private and the public: Exploring engagement between mothers and early years practitioners in a changing Ireland./ [PhD thesis]en_GB
dc.typeThesisen
dc.contributor.departmentNational University of Ireland, Galwayen_GB
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