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Critical Youth Research in Education
Methodologies of Praxis and Care

ISBN 9780367230029
Published May 5, 2020 by Routledge
298 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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 in ways that center praxis and relational care in work with youth and their communities, the volume showcases scholars discussing their research and reflecting on the practical strategies they have used to operationalize their conceptions of knowledge in youth-centered research projects. 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 Centering 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 


Gathering 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 Vossoughi 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 

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 Renda 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 


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Arshad I. 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.