Negotiating Ethical Challenges in Youth Research

Edited by Kitty te Riele, Rachel Brooks

© 2013 – Routledge

200 pages

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About the Book

Negotiating Ethical Challenges in Youth Research brings together contributors from across the world to explore real-life ethical dilemmas faced by researchers working with young people in a range of social science disciplines. Unlike literature that tends to discuss youth research at an abstracted and exalted level, this volume aims to make the basic principles and guidelines of youth research more ‘real.’ By openly discussing actual challenges that researchers have experienced in the course of conducting their fieldwork or interpreting their findings, this collection provides the most authentic overview of the ethics of youth research available.

A careful selection of chapters addresses a range of ethical challenges particularly relevant to contemporary youth researchers. Each chapter identifies an ethical issue that the author has personally experienced in his or her youth research, explains why this was a challenge or dilemma, outlines how the researcher responded to the challenge, and provides advice and draws out broader implications for youth researchers. The chapters are organized around three themes that capture core ethical challenges: power and agency, protection and harm prevention, and trust and respect. The result is a collection that is a rigorous and valuable resource to those embarking on research with young people for the first time as well as supporting the resolution of ethical challenges by more experienced researchers.


"This is an interesting and engaging book. … The book is a very useful text which other researchers will learn from. The empirical chapters could be used by educators to present an outline of one of the studies, and ask student researchers to explore some of the potential ethical conflicts and solutions." —Qualitative Research

Table of Contents

Series Editor Introduction. Acknowledgements. Introduction 1. Formal Frameworks as Resources for Ethical Youth Research, Kitty te Riele Power and Agency 2. Conducting Research with Young People in the Global South, Ruth Jeanes and Tess Kay 3. When things Go Wrong: A Reflection on Students as Youth Researchers, Judith Bessant, Michael Emslie and Rob Watts 4. Walking the Talk: Youth Research in Hard Times, Lucas Walsh, Rosalyn Black and Naomi Berman 5. Authentic Representations? Ethical Quandaries in Participatory Filmmaking with Young People, Alicia Blum-Ross Protection and Harm Prevention 6. Negotiating Access and Preventing Risk in Youth Domestic Labour Research in Ghana, Peace Mamle Tetteh 7. Knowledge without Harm? When Follow-up Services are Not Readily Available, Mónica Ruiz-Casares 8. Young People and Sensitive Information: Managing Protection and Dignity, Sofia Marques da Silva 9. The Possibility of Symbolic Violence in Interviews with Young People Experiencing Homelessness, David Farrugia Trust and Respect 10. The death of a Participant: Moral Obligation, Consent and Care in Qualitative Longitudinal Research, Rosalind Edwards and Susie Weller 11. Research with Young People on Female Circumcision: Negotiating Cultural Sensitivity, Law and Transparency, Mona-Iren Hauge 12. Negotiating the Ethical Borders of Visual Research with young people, Bronwyn Wood and Joanna Kidman 13. Researching Young People’s Online Spaces, Kirsty Young Conclusion 14. Ethical Challenges of Youth Research: Themes and Issues, Rachel Brooks Endnotes. Notes on Contributors. Index

About the Editors

Kitty te Riele is Principal Research Fellow in the Victoria Institute for Education, Diversity and Lifelong Learning at Victoria University, Australia.

Rachel Brooks is Professor of Sociology at the University of Surrey, UK.

About the Series

Critical Youth Studies

Set against the massive social, cultural, and material dislocations of the new century, Critical Youth Studies interrogates the complex cultural dimensions of young people’s everyday lives today. Drawing together the work of both well known and emerging scholars, this series focuses on "youth studies" as a self-constituting, trans-disciplinary area of inquiry. Operating largely at the specific intersection of education, sociology, and media studies, Critical Youth Studies features authored and edited books, drawing on a range of methods and approaches, treating the span of issues most relevant to youth today.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Research
EDUCATION / Philosophy & Social Aspects