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

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Overview

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 include: 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

From the Publisher

"This edited volume is a powerful and compelling reminder of the many methodological and ethical challenges that researchers face when working with youth. Firmly located within an emergent tradition of scholarship that privileges a more self-conscious and critical mode of inquiry and analysis, these thirteen contributions critically address, and also redress, the power imbalance inherent in doing qualitative research with youth by conducting non-exploitative and more reflexive researches... Reflecting provocatively on how we create knowledge with and for youth, this is a cutting-edge work that promises to open up novel and innovative avenues in theory, methodology, and representation in youth research and beyond. This is definitely a must-read for those interested in doing research with youth and equally to a wider readership committed to experimenting with novel methodologies that are more self-reflexive and less authoritative."-Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute,

“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

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

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“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


Acknowledgments     ix
Introduction   Amy L. Best     1
Framing Youth: Definitional Boundaries and Ambiguities
Across a Great Gulf? Conducting Research with Adolescents   Rebecca Raby     39
"Label Jars Not People": How (Not) to Study Youth Civic Engagement   Marc Flacks     60
Grow 'em Strong: Conceptual Challenges in Researching Childhood Resilience   Michael Ungar     84
A Roof over Their Head: Applied Research Issues and Dilemmas in the Investigation of Homeless Children and Youth   Yvonne Vissing     110
From the Field: Adults in Youth Worlds
With a Capital "G": Gatekeepers and Gatekeeping in Research with Children   Madeline Leonard     133
Will the Least-Adult Please Stand Up? Life as "Older Sister Katy" in a Taiwanese Elementary School   Kathryn Gold Hadley     157
The Outsider Lurking Online: Adults Researching Youth Cybercultures   Alyssa Richman     182
Racing Age: Reflections on Antiracist Research with Teenage Girls   Jessica Karen Taft     203
"What If a Guy Hits on You?": Intersections of Gender, Sexuality, and Age in Fieldwork with Adolescents   C. J. Pascoe     226
Activating Youth: Youth Agency, Collaboration, and Representation
Trouble on Memory Lane: Adults and Self-Retrospection in Researching Youth   Sari Knopp Biklen     251
Power-Puff Ethnography/Guerrilla Research: Children as Native Anthropologists   Elizabeth Chin     269
Performing Youth: Youth Agency and the Production of Knowledge in Community-Based Theater   Stephani Etheridge Woodson     284
Beyond "Straight" Interpretations: Researching Queer Youth Digital Video   Susan Driver     304
About the Contributors     325
Index     329
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