Representing Youth Methodological Issues in Critical Youth Studies

ISBN-10: 0814799531

ISBN-13: 9780814799536

Edition: 2006

Authors: Amy L. Best

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View the Table of Contents. Read the Introduction. "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" 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 todays top scholars on the subject of youth that address these concerns head on, providing scholars with thoughtful and often practical answers totheir 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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List price: $27.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: New York University Press
Publication date: 1/1/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 342
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

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).

Framing Youth: Definitional Boundaries and Ambiguities
Across a Great Gulf? Conducting Research with Adolescents
"Label Jars Not People": How (Not) to Study Youth Civic Engagement
Grow 'em Strong: Conceptual Challenges in Researching Childhood Resilience
A Roof over Their Head: Applied Research Issues and Dilemmas in the Investigation of Homeless Children and Youth
From the Field: Adults in Youth Worlds
With a Capital "G": Gatekeepers and Gatekeeping in Research with Children
Will the Least-Adult Please Stand Up? Life as "Older Sister Katy" in a Taiwanese Elementary School
The Outsider Lurking Online: Adults Researching Youth Cybercultures
Racing Age: Reflections on Antiracist Research with Teenage Girls
"What If a Guy Hits on You?": Intersections of Gender, Sexuality, and Age in Fieldwork with Adolescents
Activating Youth: Youth Agency, Collaboration, and Representation
Trouble on Memory Lane: Adults and Self-Retrospection in Researching Youth
Power-Puff Ethnography/Guerrilla Research: Children as Native Anthropologists
Performing Youth: Youth Agency and the Production of Knowledge in Community-Based Theater
Beyond "Straight" Interpretations: Researching Queer Youth Digital Video
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