The Marginalised Families Online project explores the role that digital (online and mobile) media such as messaging apps, discussion forums, social networks and blogs, play in the lives of marginalised family groups in the UK. It focuses particularly on parents who are LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender), adoptive, and/or solo (raising children on their own).
The project aims to give a voice to families who tend to be under-represented in both an academic and broader social context, and to highlight some of the challenges they face. It uses innovative methods (drawing on sociological, linguistic and digital approaches and tools) to understand the way parents navigate their roles, relationships and experiences in relation to social norms around gender, sexuality and the family. By focusing on the intersections between the experiences of LGBT, solo parent and adoptive family groups, it seeks to understand and address issues that are relevant to a range of diverse families.
This research is funded by the British Academy, a UK funding body that supports research about people, cultures and societies. It is based at the University of Nottingham’s School of English and has been approved by the school’s ethics committee.