1st Edition

Complexities of Researching with Young People

Edited By Paulina Billett, Matt Hart, Dona Martin Copyright 2020
    276 Pages
    by Routledge

    276 Pages
    by Routledge

    Currently, most books on youth research available on the market focus on ‘how to’ conduct youth research or the research process itself. This edited collection proposes to take this process a step further and discuss the complexities of youth research from a practical and theoretical context.

    In total, five themes are examined – conceptualising young people, ethics and consent, the digital, voice, participation and unexpected tensions. In this book, authors from six countries explore the complexities of researching with young people across disciplines and national contexts.

    Offering a closeup examination of their own research experiences, the authors address the complexities of researching with young people beyond simple questions of protection from harm and coercion by problematising notions of ‘resilience’, ‘participation’, ‘risk’ and ‘voice’. This edited collection takes the reader through an exploration of its key themes and, in doing so, presents a cast of candid and insightful accounts from youth researchers situated within the humanities and social sciences.

    1. Complexities of Researching with Young People: Conceptualising Key Issues

    Paulina Billett

    2. Researching the Lives of Young Maori in Aotearoa New Zealand: Creating Culturally Sensitive Methods and Theory

    Alan France, Lucy Cowie, Tepora Pukepuke, Marilyn Chetty, David Mayeda

    3. Doing Research in Organisations: Implications of the Different Definitions of Youth

    Joel Robert McGregor, David Farrugia

    4. They Look Before They Leap: Conceptualising Young People as Digitally Competent Risk-Takers, and its Implications for Ethical Internet Research

    Matt Hart

    5. Critical Reflections: Merits of Using Youth-Centric Technology in Keeping Young People Safe Across Europe

    Darren Sharpe, Spyros Spyrou, Shain Akhtar

    6. Digital Modes of Data Collection in Mixed-Methods Longitudinal Youth Research

    Julia Cook, Dan Woodman

    7. Revealing Intimacy through Digital Media: Young People, Digital Culture and New Research Perspectives

    Cosimo Marco Scarcelli, Arianna Mainardi

    8. Researching Young People’s Experiences: An African-Centred Perspective of Consent and Ethics

    Loretta Anthony-Okeke

    9. Working with Complexity: Between Control and Care in Digital Research Ethics

    Philippa Collin, Teresa Swist, Carmel Taddeo, Barbara Spears

    10. Informed Consent as a Situated Research Process in an Ethnography of Incarcerated Youth in Denmark

    Tea Torbenfeldt Bengtsson

    11. The Undue Burden of Methodological Warrant on the Voice of Disengaged Young People

    Fiona Macdonald

    12. Critically Examining Participation, Power, Ethics, and the Co-construction of Knowledge in a Community-Based Photovoice Research Project with LGBTQ Former Foster Youth

    Moshoula Capous-Desyllas, Sarah Mountz, Althea Pestine-Stevens

    13. Participation, Positionality and Power: Critical Moments in Research with Service-Engaged Youth

    Signe Ravn

    14. Participatory Research and Political Ecology: An Evaluation of Research with Young Syrian Refugees in Turkey

    Aslihan Mccarthy

    15. Youth in Voice: The Concept of Voice

    Dona Martin

    16. How Contradictory Friendships Disrupted My Study of Working-Class Girls’ Residential Instability

    Louisa Choe

    17. The Multicultural Youth Australia Census: Reading Complexity and Migrant Youth Citizenship into Survey Methods

    Rimi Khan

    18. The Pressures of Building Reciprocal Relationships in an Intergenerational Research Team

    Darren Sharpe


    Paulina Billett is a lecturer in sociology at La Trobe University, Victoria. Her research explores questions of wellbeing, identity formation and lived experience with a focus on women and young people.

    Matt Hart is a lecturer in digital society at the University of Leicester. His research interest is the sociology of youth and digital culture.

    Dona Martin is an adjunct researcher at La Trobe University, Bendigo, Victoria. Dona’s portfolio includes a broad area of research in education.