Shane is back! The beloved heroine of students and faculty alike returns in this third volume of the acclaimed series, focusing on the basic how-to’s and foundations of ethnographic studies of children and childhoods. The book opens with Shane trying to land a post-doc working in a department of cultural anthropologists studying children and childhood. Rather predictably, Shane initially sees children as nothing more than small adults. But in this book she’ll be forced to reorient herself, yet again. As usual, she is aided by the spirits of the ancestors, of senior colleagues, of talking guinea pigs and gigantic head lice, and through it all by her esteemed guide, Billy the Literal Kid.
This illustrated guide will orient the reader to the fundamental challenges in doing ethnographic research with children. The book begins by briefly exploring the history of research on children, with children, for children and "by" children. Throughout, it is about doing research with children rather than on them, highlighting their participant rather than object nature.
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This book is intended for the novice ethnographic researcher and student alike with learning at its core and is designed to encourage wider and deeper reading. It is a useful tool for teaching advanced undergraduate and graduate students in Education, Anthropology, Childhood Studies, Nursing, Communications, Media Studies, Art Education, and more, as well as an essential volume for any faculty bookshelf.
Chapter 1. No Country for Old, Or Even Middle-Aged, Or Adolescent Men: Why Studying Children is Different
Chapter 2. Little Britches: "What is a Child?"
Chapter 3. The Wild Bunch: Know Your Ethnographies of Childhood
Chapter 4. Git Along Little Dogies: An Introduction to Method
Chapter 5. Sleeping Babies Tell No Tales or Listening to Children
Chapter 6. Dances with Toddlers: On Observing Children
Chapter 7. Yes, that Looks Exactly Like a Giraffe: Analysing Children’s Visual Products
Chapter 8. Research Ethics and Safety Concerns
Chapter 9. The Ballad of Little Shane: Concluding Ideas
About the Author
References and Further Reading
Routledge is pleased to share with you our author Q&A session with Sally Campbell Galman following the publication of Naptime at the O.K. Corral - her second book after her successful title The Good, the Bad, and the Data!
Read our Q&A interview with Sally, in which she discusses what motivated her to write her books, her career as a professor and who inspired her work!