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
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 11 Jul 2022

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