I asked Polish mothers living in Birmingham a series of questions regarding objects related to child rearing. I kept the questions rather open, not wanting to assume certain specific practices take place. For instance, instead of asking: “where do you buy baby clothes?” or “who do you get baby clothes from?” I asked: “where do you have baby clothes from?” – because one has to have them from somewhere – thus opening the question up to various responses. In fact, most immigrant mothers I have talked to, do not rely on one type of practice, but on several (buying new products, buying second-hand goods, borrowing, etc.)
How to use the visualizations
The visualizations consist of several fixed elements representing the types of practices and people that keep recurring in immigrant mothers’ narrations. The various shades of people icons – from black to grey – stand for four different types of individuals/groups: family, friends, colleagues, and playgroup friends. The background of each icon is a flag signifying the country of residence of the person/people represented by the pictogram. Please consult the legend for the meanings of all icons and colors featured in the visualizations. Hover with the cursor over an object icon to access a quotation related to the particular transaction involving the object. Hover with the cursor over a research participant’s name to access a quotation describing where that person shops for children’s clothes. Enjoy exploring the multiple, complex connections objects establish between people and places!