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Complexities of Researching with Young People

1st Edition

Edited by Paulina Billett, Matt Hart, Dona Martin


304 pages

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Hardback: 9781138388611
pub: 2019-12-12
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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.

Table of Contents

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

Paulina Billett

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

Alan France, Lucy Cowie, Tepora Pukepuke, Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi, 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 Sharp

About the Editors

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 media.

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

About the Series

Youth, Young Adulthood and Society

The Youth, Young Adulthood and Society series approaches youth as a distinct area, bringing together social scientists from many disciplines to present cutting-edge research monographs and collections on young people in societies around the world today. The books present original, exciting research, with strongly theoretically- and empirically-grounded analysis, advancing the field of youth studies. Originally set up and edited by Andy Furlong, the series presents interdisciplinary and truly international, comparative research monographs.

Contacts for the series:

Professor Tracy Shildrick:

Professor John Goodwin:

Professor Henrietta O'Connor:

Emily Briggs at Routledge:

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General