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Critical Youth Research in Education

Methodologies of Praxis and Care, 1st Edition

By Arshad Imtiaz Ali, Teresa L. McCarty


288 pages | 2 B/W Illus.

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Critical studies of youth play an increasingly important role in educational research. This volume adds to that ongoing conversation by addressing the methodological lessons learned from key scholars in the field. With a focus on "the doing" of critical youth studies, the volume showcases scholars discussing their research and reflecting on the practical strategies they have used to operationalize their conceptions of knowledge and their research projects with youth. Each chapter addresses the research features, challenges, tensions, and debates of the project; engagement with communities; and relationality, reciprocity, and responsibility to participants. The focus throughout is on qualitative approaches that are humanizing, anti-colonial, and transformative.

Table of Contents


Foreword, H. Samy Alim

Preface and Acknowledgements


Designing Critical Youth Research

1 Introducing Critical Youth Research Methodologies of Praxis and Care

Arshad I. Ali and Teresa L. McCarty

2 Resisting Racism and Neoliberalism in Critical Language Research and Activism with Racialized Youth

Mary Bucholtz, Dolores Inés Casillas, and Jin Sook Lee

3 Participatory, Multimodal Ethnography with Youth

Kristine Rodriguez Kerr, Katherine Newhouse, and Lalitha Vasudevan


Engaging and Honoring Communities

4 Community Engagement and Meaningful Trust as Bedrocks of Well-Crafted Research

Sandra K. Vanderbilt and Arshad I. Ali

5 Indigenous Community, Youth, and Educational Research in the Andean World

Elizabeth Sumida Human and Laura A. Valdiviezo

6 Teaching Transformative Research for Indigenous Youth and Communities

Leola Tsinnajinnie and Tiffany S. Lee


Collecting and Analyzing Data

7 Accounting for the Intersectional Complexity of Disability and Race in Critical Youth Studies/Youth Participatory Action Research Data Collection Methods

Kathleen King Thorius, Taucia González, and Robin Jackson

8 The Interview as Pedagogical Encounter: Nurturing Knowledge and Relationships with Youth

Shirin Voussoughi and Miguel Zavala

9 Finding the "Connective Tissue" in Critical Youth Research: Storywork as Data Analysis

Cynthia Benally, Kēhaulani Vaughn, and Teresa L. McCarty

Part IV

Bucholtz, Casillas, and Lee, Resisting Racism and Neoliberalism


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Reporting and (Re)presentation


10 Reporting Data to Recognize the Complexity and Multiplicity of Youth Lives

Cindy Cruz

11 Reading Over Our Shoulders: Writing About Arab Youth, Families, and Communities in the Post-9/11 U.S.

Sally Wesley Bonet and Thea Abu El-Haj

Part V

(Re)connecting the Circle—Caring, Not Closing

12 Vulnerability in the Act of Research: Methodological Praxis and Strategies of Self-Care

Lionel C. Howard

13 Refusing Closure Through Critical Care

Ariana Mangual Figueroa and Madeline Fox

14 Enacting Relationships of Kinship and Care in Educational and Research Settings

Ananda Marin, Theresa Stewart Ambo, Nikki McDaid-Morgan, Renee White Eyes, and Megan Bang

About the Contributors

Author Index

Subject Index

About the Authors

Arshad Ali is Assistant Professor of Educational Research in the Graduate School of Education and Human Development at The George Washington University.

Teresa L. McCarty is the George F. Kneller Chair in Education and Anthropology in the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, and Faculty in American Indian Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles.

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