1st Edition

Doing Children’s Geographies Methodological Issues in Research with Young People

Edited By Lorraine van Blerk, Mike Kesby Copyright 2009
    246 Pages
    by Routledge

    240 Pages
    by Routledge

    Doing Children’s Geographies provides a useful resource for all those embarking on research with young people. Drawing on reflections from original cutting-edge research undertaken across three continents, the book focuses on the challenges researchers face when working with children, youth and their families. The book is divided into three sections. The first section provides alternatives to some of the difficulties researchers face and highlights methodological innovations as geographers uncover new and exciting ways of working. The second part specifically addresses the issues surrounding children and youth’s participation providing critiques of current practice and offering alternatives for increasing young people’s involvement in research design. Finally, the book broadens to a consideration of wider areas of concern for those working with children and youth. This section discusses the nature of childhood in relation to research, the place of emotions in research with young people and the process of undertaking applied research.

    This book was previously published as a special issue of Children's Geographies

    1: Researching children’s geographies Lorraine van Blerk, John Barker, Nicola Ansell, Fiona Smith and Mike Kesby

    Part 1: Methodological innovations

    2: Interviewing with Children in their homes: developing flexible approaches and techniques Naomi Bushin

    3: "I felt they were ganging up on me": Interviewing siblings at home Samantha Punch

    4: Movements in time and space: using multiple methods in research with young people in Accra, Ghana Thilde Langevang

    5: ‘Sandplay, clay and sticks’: Multi-sensory research methods to explore the long-term mental health effects of childhood play experience Amanda Bingley and Christine Milligan

    6: ‘Tell me your story’: Applied ethics in narrative research with young fathers Jane Reeves

    Part 2: Advancing participation

    7: Rethinking participatory methods in children’s geographies Michael Gallagher

    8: Doing research with young people: participatory research and the rituals of collective work Caitlin Cahill

    9: Involving young people as researchers: a discussion on the participatory potential of the method and the multiple power-relations it uncovers Nadine Schaefer

    10: Increasing children’s participation in transport planning: reflections on some methodological issues in a West African research context Gina Porter and Albert Abane

    11: Participatory feedback and dissemination with and for children: reflections from research with young migrants in southern Africa Lorraine van Blerk and Nicola Ansell

    Part 3: New directions

    12: ‘Isolation and distress’? (Re)thinking the place of emotions in youth research Carolyn Gaskell

    13: Methodologies for change? A critique of applied children’s geogrpahies John Barker

    14: Are Methodologies for children keeping them in their place? Fionagh Thomson

    15: Approaching the otherness of childhood: methodological considerations Owain Jones

    16: Moving Forward: Contributions to methodological innovation Mike Kesby, Nicola Ansell, Lorraine van Blerk, John Barker and Fiona Smith


    Lorraine van Blerk is Lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Reading.

    Mike Kesby is Lecturer in Human Geography at the University of St Andrews.