Methodological Immaturity in Childhood Research?: Thinking through `participatory methods'

Gallacher, Lesley Anne and Gallagher, Michael (2008) Methodological Immaturity in Childhood Research?: Thinking through `participatory methods'. Childhood, 15 (4). pp. 499-516. ISSN 0907-5682

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Much of the recent literature on social research with children advocates the use of participatory techniques. This article attempts to rethink such techniques in several ways. The authors argue that participatory approaches, in their insistence that children should take part in research, may in fact involve children in processes that aim to regulate them. Using examples drawn from their own work, the authors question whether participatory methods are necessary for children to exercise agency in research encounters. They conclude by suggesting that researchers working with children might benefit from an attitude of methodological immaturity.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: childhood research, immaturity, methodology, participation
Subjects: L300 Sociology
L700 Human and Social Geography
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing
Depositing User: Lesley Gallacher
Date Deposited: 17 Jun 2014 08:09
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2017 22:07

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