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My objective for this investigation will be to explore the changing conjugal roles within Coventry and the degree of equality within the family unit, linking in issues of social class and gender.

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Aim My objective for this investigation will be to explore the changing conjugal roles within Coventry and the degree of equality within the family unit, linking in issues of social class and gender. My motivation has been influenced in the knowledge that my mother undertakes most of the domestic chores and my aim will be to identify what percentage of other families are similar or, alternatively, whether joint conjugal roles are implemented. My investigation will also question whether conjugal roles really do exist, using sociologist such as Ann Oakley to examine how relevant her research is today, some 25 years on. (100) Contexts and Concepts One major concept I have chosen, in support of my key aim, is the social class aspect because there is a clear divide within society. Social class is directly related to income. It can be argued that those who are middle class are in less strenuous employment which uses their intellectual capabilities whereas the working class assume a more 'hands-on' physical role, such as factory production line workers, which ultimately leaves them more physically drained and less able to undertake domestic chores. ...read more.

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(398) Main research method and reasons The research method that I have chosen to use will be the interpretivist approach of quality in-depth unstructured interviews. I have chosen this qualitative technique because, although time consuming, exposes relevant views that cannot be easily revealed by any questionnaire. This approach develops trust between the interviewer and the participant, allowing opportunity to talk to the participant in a more informal everyday conversational manner. This will allow me to define priorities and steer the interview towards significant areas. Wilmot and Young used a one-question methodology which was insufficiently substantial to gain a balanced study, and my study should avoid this. Using open questioning, the participant may be more prepared to confide in the researcher on issues that may otherwise remain hidden. The methodology I will use is a bottom-up theory which analyses society through the eyes of the individual. The unstructured interview will offer a key advantage in terms of gaining realistic, vivid data and interviewees may feel more at ease in an open interview situation and further expand their answer. I will use an opportunity sample which is very similar to quota sampling in which the main characteristic of the UK population are known, a particular quota of individuals whom they must find and question. ...read more.

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Taking notes during the interview has potential to disrupt the flow of conversation and errors could be made when transcribing. A recording machine would avoid this. The participant might lack enthusiasm, destroying the dynamics of the interview. This would therefore be important factor in the subject selection criteria. In addition, some subjects may feel questions are loaded, implying a positive or negative bias. Clearly, this would dramatically affect the results, making some answers unreliable. With reference to my original aim, I anticipate that the results should be equivocal. Therefore if the results I obtain dramatically differ from one and other, then I will be unable to make an accurate generalisation. The Sociologists I have used to form the context of my thesis might be problematic since they share similar views i.e. one sided and potentially biased. Due to the detail I am proposing to cover, interviews will be time consuming and difficult to conduct in one day. This means that both members of the family should be interviewed on the same day to avoid conferring over the answers. Some aspects of the interview may be perceived to be personal, raising some ethical issues so I will need to be sensitive in my questioning as this could otherwise prove potential for divorce! (317) ...read more.

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