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Researching Children and Youth : Methodological Issues, Strategies, and Innovations

Researching Children and Youth : Methodological Issues, Strategies, and Innovations
Researching Children and Youth
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Methodological Issues, Strategies, and Innovations
This volume seeks to directly address the problems and pitfalls that often accompany researching children and youth in today's society. This volume addresses participatory and feminist ethnographic approaches, digital mining, children's agency, and navigating IRBs. Themes of space, location, and identity run throughout this volume
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  • Front Cover -- Researching Children and Youth: Methodological Issues, Strategies, and Innovations -- Copyright Page -- Contents -- List of Contributors -- Editorial Board -- Acknowledgments -- The Continued Importance of Research with Children and youth: The "New" Sociology of Childhood 40 Years Later -- The Organization of the Volume -- References -- Section I: Methodological Issues: Ethics, Locations, and Roles -- The IRB as Gatekeeper: Effects on Research with Children and Youth -- Introduction -- Institutional Review Boards -- Development -- IRBs in Practice -- Negotiating Access with IRB Gatekeepers -- Melissa's Experiences -- Research Topic and Initial Proposal -- IRB Concerns and Adjustments Made -- Effects in the Field -- Brent's Experiences -- Research Topic and Initial Proposal -- IRB Concerns and Adjustments Made -- Effects in the Field -- Discussion: Comparing Experiences -- Conclusion -- Notes -- Acknowledgments -- References -- Utilizing Youth Advocates and Community Agencies in Research with LGBTQ Young People: Ethical and Practical Considerations -- Introduction -- Background and Rationale -- Utilizing Youth Advocates and Community Partners: The Example of Researching LGBTQ Youth -- Promises of Utilization -- Challenges of Utilization -- Concluding Thoughts -- Notes -- Acknowledgments -- References -- Maneuvering the Stormy Waters of Ethnography in an Inner-City School: Reflections from the Field -- Introduction -- Research Site and Central Findings -- Theoretical Perspectives -- The Least Possible Adult -- The Impossible Least Possible Adult: The Performance of Badness -- The Truth Dilemma and the Performative Construction of Student Narratives in Interviews -- Sensitive Topics -- Conclusion -- Notes -- References
  • Researcher Positionality in Participant Observation with Preschool Age Children: Challenges and Strategies for Establishing Rapport with Teachers and Children Simultaneously -- Introduction -- Researcher Roles in Participant Observation of Young Children -- Data -- Teachers Mediating the Researcher's Role in Classrooms -- Children's Understanding of the Researcher's Role -- "Why Are You Writing?" -- Gaining and Maintaining Rapport with Children and Teachers Simultaneously -- "Get Your Notebook Ready" -- Conclusion -- Notes -- Acknowledgments -- References -- Researcher as College Coach: Dilemmas and Possibilities in Fieldwork with Adolescents -- Institutional Agents in the College-for-All Era -- The Potential and Limitations of University Researchers -- The Research Project -- Researcher Role(s) in the Field -- Hillside's Counseling System and the "College-for-All" Norm -- Early Interactions and Observations in the Field -- Dilemmas during Conversations with Educators -- Negotiating Ethical Dilemmas as a College Coach and Researcher -- The Limits and Possibilities of Research with Adolescents -- Notes -- References -- Section II: Methodological Issues: Ethics, Locations, and Roles -- The Cherished Conceits of Research with Children: Does Seeking the Agentic Voice of the Child through Participatory Methods Deliver What it Promises? -- Introduction -- Participation -- Agency -- Voice -- Conclusion -- References -- Contextualizing Agency in High-Structure Environments: Children's Participation in Parent Interviews -- Setting the Stage -- Defiant Acts in the Attempt to Listen and Be Heard -- Overt Defiance -- Quiet Defiance -- Covert Defiance -- Motivations for Interview Participation -- Informative Participation -- Corrective Participation -- Instructive Participation -- Investigative Participation -- Expressive Participation -- Final Thoughts -- Notes
  • Acknowledgments -- References -- Subverting the Research Encounter: Context, Structure, and Agency in the Creative Analysis of Research Data -- Introduction -- The Research Encounter -- The Blank Back Page and Follow-up Interviews -- Discussion -- Conclusion -- Notes -- References -- Challenges and Opportunities for Conducting Research on Children of Incarcerated Fathers -- Introduction -- Existing Knowledge about the Intergenerational Consequences of Paternal Incarceration -- Jail & Family Life Study -- Study Design -- Interviews with Children -- Gaining Access to Children -- Making Contact with Caregivers -- Facilitating Participation of Children -- Consenting Caregivers -- Assenting Children -- Strategies for Interviewing Children about a Sensitive Topic -- Interviewer Positionality -- Incorporating Emotional Sensitivity -- Maintaining Confidentiality -- Opportunities that Children Can Provide -- Learning from Verbal and Non-Verbal Communication -- Gaining Perspective Outside the Caregiver's View -- Conclusion -- Notes -- Acknowledgments -- References -- Sharpening Theory and Methodology to Explore Racialized Youth Peer Cultures -- Race/Ethnicity and Youth Peer Cultures -- Race in School-Based Peer Cultures -- Racialization of Youth -- Sharpening Research Tools -- Racially Enhancing Theory -- Racially Enhancing Methodology -- Doing Research with Youth of Color -- Adult and White Privileges during Research Encounters -- Prioritizing Youth's Counter-Storytelling -- Racialized Peer Cultures -- Racialized Peer Cultures in Suburban Schools -- Racialized Peer Cultures under Police Surveillance -- Racialized Peer Cultures on Social Media -- Discussion -- Notes -- Acknowledgments -- References -- Section III: Methodological Innovations: Visuals, Media, and Technology
  • "Is That a Mom and Dad Church?" Children's Constructions of Meaning through Focus Group Interviews -- Developmental Studies of Children and Religion -- Interpretive Sociological Child Religious Studies -- Methodological and Ethical Considerations -- Conducting Research with Children -- Mitigating the Power Differential between Adults and Children -- Children Understand Differently, Not Less -- Establishing Rapport with Children -- Focus Group Interviews -- "Listening" to Pictures -- Data Analysis -- Children's Constructions of Separate Congregations -- "The Other Church" -- From Routine to Ritual -- Conclusion -- Notes -- References -- Appendix A: Assent Form for Children -- Parents or Guardians, Please Carefully Review This with Your Children -- Appendix B: Interview Protocol -- Beginning the Focus Group Interview -- The Possible Interview Questions -- Learning about Inequality from Kids: Interviewing Strategies for Getting Beneath Equality Rhetoric -- The Challenges of Interviewing Kids -- Sampling, Data Analysis, and Negotiating Access to the Fieldsite -- Generic Strategies for Minimizing Age-Based Power Imbalances and Accommodating Kids' Embodiment -- At-Home Interviewing -- Sharing Snacks -- Kids Taking Charge of the Audio Recorder -- Specific Visual Techniques for Getting Beneath Equality Rhetoric -- List Generation -- Mapping -- Race Swap Question -- Gender Swap Question -- Girl Power and Popular Music Icon Pictures -- Gendered Jobs Card Sort -- Conclusions -- Notes -- References -- "The Celebrity Thing": Using Photographs of Celebrities in Child-Centered, Ethnographic Interviews with White Kids about Race -- Introduction -- Methodological Considerations for Research with Children -- Methodological Considerations for Researching Whiteness -- Research Design -- Results of Utilizing Innovative Visual Method -- Shifting Power Dynamics
  • Opening Up about Race -- Better Quality Data -- Discussion -- Conclusions -- Notes -- References -- Digital Ethnography and Youth Culture: Methodological Techniques and Ethical Dilemmas -- Introduction -- Conducting Digital Ethnography with Youth -- Digital Ethnography in Practice: The Real "Virtual World" -- Ethical Dilemmas: IRBS, Consent, Confidentiality, and Power -- Risk and Institutional Resistance: IRBs -- Consent, Assent, and Challenges in Online and Offline Research -- Adult Perceptions of Child Privacy: Confidentiality -- Negotiating Power, Identity, and Insider/Outsider Status -- Conclusion -- Notes -- References -- Accessing Children's Digital Practices at Home through Visual Methods: Innovations and Challenges -- Introduction: From General Guidelines to Particular Research Fields -- Continuities and Particularities of Studying Children and Adults -- "Giving Voice" to Children: From Words and Narratives to Images and Tasks - and Back Again -- Applying Theory: Visual and Ethnographic Methodologies in the Domestic Setting -- Photography -- Technology at Home and Gendered Uses among Children -- Screenshots -- Home Settings and Gatekeepers -- Conclusion -- Notes -- Acknowledgments -- References -- Afterword - My Kids: Fair Warnings and Brazen Methods -- References -- About the Editors -- About the Authors -- Index
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