Article by Rachel Ayrton, NCRM Hub. This article also appears in the Winter 2012 issue of MethodsNews newsletter (opens a .pdf file).
Although the use of the timelines method in biographical interviews can make the construction and analysis of data a more collaborative process, how can this be achieved in the context of cross-cultural research with a marginalised group where literacy is limited?
A silver bead was chosen to represent one participantâ€™s bright hopes for the future for her children and her country:
â€œThis one I took it I want to talk about the future, yeah. I felt after all these sufferings and I was able to cover with all these children of mineâ€¦ I wanted God to give them a bright future, so they became children who are also to help build this country of ours.â€ (Praise, 08/08/12)
Other women chose to use the colour and texture of their beads to say something about how they felt during a period in their life or episode:
â€œDuring the war, this bead here represents her life. Her life was like, this bead. Itâ€™s not perfect, itâ€™s like ups and downs. Just like this one hereâ€¦ She was thinking that maybe one time she is not going to stay in a white place like that, she was going to go into a dark spot like that.â€ (Anna, 06/08/12)
Submitted by Kaisa Puustinen on Wednesday, 23rd January 2013