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Critical Perspectives on Research with Children

Reflexivity, Methodology, and Researcher Identity

Edited by Sarah Richards and Sarah Coombs

Published

May 14, 2024

Page count

192 pages

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Sociology of Children and Families

ISBN

978-1529216783

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Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Feb 9, 2023

Page count

192 pages

Browse the series

Sociology of Children and Families

ISBN

978-1529216776

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Feb 9, 2023

Page count

192 pages

Browse the series

Sociology of Children and Families

ISBN

978-1529216790

Dimensions

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Feb 9, 2023

Page count

192 pages

Browse the series

Sociology of Children and Families

ISBN

978-1529216790

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Imprint

Bristol University Press
Critical Perspectives on Research with Children

This collection explores leading values and concepts in global child-based research through the lens of reflexivity.

The book considers issues such as the identities and roles of researchers, as well as the burdens, boundaries, and ethical frameworks which govern their activities. Using empirical examples from Israel, India, Thailand, and England, expert contributors discuss a range of topics including online safety, disabilities, gang membership, safeguarding, sexting, and child prostitution.

This book guides childhood research towards a more reflexive debate that critically challenges conventions, and highlights plurality of voice.

"An impressive range of global perspectives on conducting research with children. Engaging chapters prompt readers to consider the complexities and support necessary for research methodologies when designing projects that are both theoretically grounded and relevant to children." Nicola Yelland, University of Melbourne

"By highlighting the messiness, the mistakes and the imperfections of research with children, this book offers a much-needed critical understanding of the value and potential of reflexivity as a research tool." Spyros Spyrou, European University Cyprus

"This volume opens a difficult but important discussion about the challenges of research with children. Embracing reflexivity and relationality, this is an invaluable resource for researchers aspiring to transformative practice in critical childhood studies." Kristen E. Cheney, University of Victoria

Sarah Richards is Associate Professor and Head of the Suffolk Doctoral College at the University of Suffolk.

Sarah Coombs is Visiting Senior Fellow in the School of Social Sciences and Humanities at the University of Suffolk.

Introduction - Sarah Richards and Sarah Coombs

1. Do No Online Harm: Balancing Safeguarding with Researchers and Participants in Online Research with Sensitive Populations - Michelle Lyttle Storrod

2. The Ethical Challenges of Researching Sexting with Children and Adolescents - Tsameret Ricon and Michal Dolev-Cohen

3. Responding Reflexively, Relationally and Reciprocally to Unequal Childhoods - Pallawi Sinha

4. Researching Children’s Experiences in a Conflict Zone and a Red-light Area: Conducting Ethnographic Fieldwork in India and Kashmir - Ayushi Rawat

5. Capturing Narratives: Adopting a Reflexive Approach to Research with Disabled Young People - Marianna Stella and Allison Boggis

6. Youth Social Action: Shaping Communities, Driving Change - Katie Tyrrell

7. A New Panorama of Child Voice in the Child Protection Context - Samia Michail

8. A Bump on the Head in the Graveyard: Palimpsests of Death, Selves, Care, and Touch - Sarah Coombs and Sarah Richards

9. Owning Our Mistakes: Confessions of an Unethical Researcher - Heather Montgomery