Representing Youth: Methodological Issues in Critical Youth Studies / Edition 1

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From youth culture to adolescent sexuality to the consumer purchasing power of children en masse, studies are flourishing. Yet doing research on this unquestionably more vulnerable—whether five or fifteen—population also poses a unique set of challenges and dilemmas for researchers. How should a six-year-old be approached for an interview? What questions and topics are appropriate for twelve year olds? Do parents need to give their approval for all studies?

In Representing Youth, Amy L. Best has assembled an important group of essays from some of today’s top scholars on the subject of youth that address these concerns head on, providing scholars with thoughtful and often practical answers to their many methodological concerns. These original essays range from how to conduct research on youth in ways that can be empowering for them, to issues of writing and representation, to respecting boundaries and to dealing with issues of risk and responsibility to those interviewed. For anyone doing research or working with children and young adults, Representing Youth offers an indispensable guide to many of the unique dilemmas that research with kids entails.

Contributors: Amy L. Best, Sari Knopp Biklen, Elizabeth Chin, Susan Driver, Marc Flacks, Kathryn Gold Hadley, Madeline Leonard, C.J. Pascoe, Rebecca Raby, Alyssa Richman, Jessica Taft, Michael Ungar, Yvonne Vissing, and Stephani Etheridge Woodson.

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Editorial Reviews

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“Should be of value to researchers doing ethnographic field studies with youth.”

“In this volume, Amy Best offers critical youth studies an epistemological compass, a collection of essays that spans across nations, methods, sexualities, ethnicities, generations and age, reflecting provocatively on how we create knowledge with, for and by youth. This book promises to be a classic for the next generation of scholars perched to engage critically, respectfully, theoretically and provocatively with youth, to inscribe a twenty-first century signature on critical youth studies.”
-Michelle Fine,co-author of Working Method: Research and Social Justice

“A powerful and compelling book that represents cutting-edge new directions in critical youth studies. This is a passionate call for a critical moral consciousness that will create more humane spaces for today's youth in our complex global culture.”
-Norman K. Denzin,co-editor of The SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Research

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814799536
  • Publisher: New York University Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 342
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Amy L. Best is Associate Professor of Sociology in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at George Mason University. She is author of Prom Night: Youth, Schools and Popular Culture, which was selected for a 2002 American Educational Studies Association Critics’Choice Award and of Fast Cars, Cool Rides: The Accelerating World of Youth and Their Cars (NYU Press, 2006).

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Table of Contents

Amy L. Best
Part I Framing Youth: Definitional Boundaries and Ambiguities
1 Across a Great Gulf?
Rebecca Raby
2 “Label Jars Not People”
Marc Flacks
3 Grow ’em Strong
Michael Ungar
4 A Roof over Their Head
Yvonne Vissing
Part II From the Field: Adults in Youth Worlds
5 With a Capital “G”: Gatekeepers and Gatekeeping in Research with Children
Madeline Leonard
6 Will the Least-Adult Please Stand Up? Life as “Older Sister Katy” in a Taiwanese Elementary School
Kathryn Gold Hadley
7 The Outsider Lurking Online: Adults Researching Youth Cybercultures
Alyssa Richman
8 Racing Age: Reflections on Antiracist Research with Teenage Girls
Jessica Karen Taft
9 “What If a Guy Hits on You?”: Intersections of Gender, Sexuality, and Age in Fieldwork with Adolescents
C. J. Pascoe
Part III Activating Youth: Youth Agency, Collaboration, and Representation
10 Trouble on Memory Lane: Adults and Self-Retrospection in Researching Youth
Sari Knopp Biklen
11 Power-Puff Ethnography/Guerrilla Research: Children as Native Anthropologists
Elizabeth Chin
12 Performing Youth: Youth Agency and the Production of Knowledge in Community-Based Theater
Stephani Etheridge Woodson
13 Beyond “Straight” Interpretations: Researching Queer Youth Digital Video
Susan Driver
About the Contributors

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