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

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

by Amy L. Best
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ISBN-13: 2900814799535
Publisher: New York University Press
Publication date: 01/01/2007
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 342
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

Amy L. Best
is Professor of the Sociology at George Mason University. She is author of Prom Night Youth, Schools and Popular Culture,
which was selected for the 2002 American Educational Studies Association
Critics’ Choice Award, and Fast Cars,
Cool Rides: The Accelerating World of Youth and Their Cars
. She is also the editor of Representing Youth:
Methodological Issues in Critical Youth Studies

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

What People are Saying About This

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.”


“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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