A Bergsonian analysis of time in qualitative research: understanding lived experiences of street homeless people in Moscow

Brian Mcdonough, Svetlana Stephenson

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    Abstract

    Understanding of how time is experienced is essential when conducting qualitative research. This
    article explores how time seemingly stands still, speeds up, slows down, rewinds and fast-forwards for
    the participants in our qualitative investigations. Drawing upon interview data with street homeless
    people in Moscow, Russia, this article examines the ways in which time is contextualized and used by
    research participants to make sense of their everyday experiences and important events in their lives.
    There is a tendency to understand time by measuring it, rather than seeing it as something within
    which lived experience happens and qualitative research is carried out. Drawing on Bergson’s
    conception of time as duration, this article examines the ways in which time can be distinctively used
    and understood within qualitative research.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalQualitative Research
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    Publication statusPublished - 10 Nov 2022

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