Towards a relational ethics: Rethinking ethics, agency and dependency in research with children and youth

Meloni, Francesca, Vanthuyne, Karine and Rousseau, Cécile (2015) Towards a relational ethics: Rethinking ethics, agency and dependency in research with children and youth. Anthropological Theory, 15 (1). pp. 106-123. ISSN 1463-4996

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Abstract

While anthropologists have reflected on ethics and power since the late 1960s, the specific dilemmas that arise in research conducted with children and youth have scarcely been addressed. Nevertheless, critical anthropology’s reflections on power relations and reflexivity can valuably contribute to the interdisciplinary debate in the field of childhood studies, by complexifying categories of voice, dependency and agency, which are often taken for granted in the ethical conversation. Drawing on ethnographic fieldwork with undocumented youth in Montreal, this article argues for the importance of a critical understanding of childhood within a wider context of interdependence, and consequently, for a redefinition of ethics as a reflexive and relational space of intersubjectivity.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Agency, anthropology, children, dependency, ethics, power, reflexivity, voice, vulnerability, youth
Subjects: L400 Social Policy
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing
Depositing User: Elena Carlaw
Date Deposited: 01 Apr 2019 14:00
Last Modified: 01 Apr 2019 15:15
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/38669

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