The not so good days of fieldwork…

Some of you may know that I am in the data collection phase of my doctoral project. I am working on children living in institutional care and care leavers, in particular, how they construct the meaning of family in the context of family separation. Before I began my fieldwork, I was positive I would get [...]

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Doing too much…how to know when to stop!!

It is one thing to be dedicated to your tasks and making sure you put in the hours, and it's another thing to not know when those tasks have become too much. I recently had to ask myself hard questions about my "work ethic".  Do I know when to stop? Do I know when to [...]

Fighting for balance…life and the Ph.D.​

For those who are new to the blog, let me start with a little introduction...I am a Ph.D. student, about to begin my second year. I study Sociology and Social Policy with a focus on childhoods and families. I am currently at home, in Zimbabwe, for my field work (data collection). Being back home means [...]