Department of Human Development, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Cultivating the Family Studies Terrain: A Synthesis of Qualitative Conceptual Articles
Version of Record online: 2 JUN 2014
Copyright 2014 by the National Council on Family Relations
Journal of Family Theory & Review
Volume 6, Issue 2, pages 139–168, June 2014
How to Cite
Sharp, E., Zvonkovic, A., Humble, Á. M. and Elise Radina, M. (2014), Cultivating the Family Studies Terrain: A Synthesis of Qualitative Conceptual Articles. Journal of Family Theory & Review, 6: 139–168. doi: 10.1111/jftr.12037
- Issue online: 2 JUN 2014
- Version of Record online: 2 JUN 2014
- Manuscript Accepted: 3 DEC 2013
- Manuscript Revised: 28 NOV 2013
- Manuscript Received: 12 OCT 2012
- conceptual discussions;
- qualitative methods
With the intent of cultivating the family studies field, we review and synthesize conceptual discussions of qualitative work published since 1985 in the field of family studies. We critically examine the extent to which conditions in the field offer richness and sustainability for qualitative scholarship. We classify discussions by 3 overarching patterns: (a) appreciating, (b) expanding, and (c) improving qualitative research. Using these patterns as a framework, we encourage scholars to spend less attention appreciating qualitative research and calling for expansion. We recommend instead more critical engagement, greater synthesis, and contemplation of fertile issues accompanying the vast (existing and potential) territory of qualitative research in family studies.