3rd Edition

Research with Children Perspectives and Practices

Edited By Pia Christensen, Allison James Copyright 2017
    240 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    240 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The entirely revised third edition of Research with Children forms a unique resource book on the methodology of childhood research with a core emphasis on theory driven practices. As in the previous two editions, this edition presents particular standpoints in the field, whilst also reflecting the latest developments in the now well-established interdisciplinary field of childhood studies.

    A rich collection of contributions from leading researchers across a range of disciplinary backgrounds, research practices and theoretical perspectives discuss central questions of epistemology and methodology, demonstrating the links between theory and practice. This edition includes exciting new chapters on:

      • Internet-based research and contemporary technology,
      • Family based research,
      • Children as researchers,
      • Participatory research in the global context,
      • New directions for childhood research.

    Both theoretical and practical questions are set out in a well-argued fashion that enables easier navigation through the various complexities of the epistemological and methodological questions arising in contemporary research practices with children. As such, this text will appeal to both the newcomer to childhood studies and to experienced researchers in the field. With fully updated chapters, new material and a revised, clearer structure, this new edition will be a valuable resource for researchers working with children.

    Introduction: Researching children and childhood: Cultures of communication

    Pia Christensen and Allison James

    1. Entering and observing in children’s worlds: A reflection on a longitudinal ethnography of early education in Italy

    William A. Corsaro and Luisa Molinari

    2. Macroanalysis of childhood

    Jens Qvortrup

    3. Researching children and childhood in the digital age

    Sonia Livingstone and Alicia Blum-Ross

    4. Using visual and digital research methods with young children

    Dylan Yamada-Rice

    5. Researching children’s complex family lives and respecting inter-generational relationships

    Hayley Davies

    6. Race, gender and critical reflexivity in research with young children

    Paul Connolly

    7. Disabled children, ethnography and unspoken understandings: The collaborative construction of diverse identities

    John Davis and Nick Watson with Sarah Cunningham-Burley

    8. Listening to children: And hearing them

    Helen Roberts

    9. Turning the tables: Children as researchers

    Nigel Thomas

    10. Participatory research on kinship care in East Africa

    Clare O’Kane

    11. Utopian research with children


    Pia Christensen is Professor of Anthropology and Childhood Studies at the University of Leeds, UK. She is Director of Childhood Studies and, as a leading ethnographer in the field, she has published widely.

    Allison James is Professor Emerita of Sociology at the University of Sheffield, UK.She has researched extensively in children’s culture.