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Ethnographic Research with young people: methods and rapport.

Tickle, SJ (2017) Ethnographic Research with young people: methods and rapport. Qualitative Research Journal, 17 (2). pp. 66-76. ISSN 1443-9883

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Abstract

This paper accounts for, and reflects upon, the research design and the methodological approach adopted in ethnographic research with young people. In particular, the paper reinforces the significance of conducting qualitative participatory and innovative methods with young people, alongside the value of rapport building. Qualitative participatory methods are understood as the most appropriate way to empower and respect young people in the research process. Alongside such methods the ethnographic nature of the research is discussed in conveying the importance of rapport building with young people in the field. In doing so the paper examines a number of important considerations when conducting youth research. The triangulation of qualitative methods was fundamental in exploring and understanding young people’s lives in each locality and allowed for deep and meaningful explorations of specific themes. The additional and complementary methods employed alongside traditional methods was particularly suited to understanding young people’s everyday lives, as complex experiences are not always conveyed through traditional methods alone. Conducting participatory methods produced narratives around safety, security and governance in public places. Being reflexive and adapting to a research setting in order to enhance the process of building and maintaining trust with young people is the most important facet when conducting youth research. Giving careful consideration to the impact of a researcher’s presence in the field needs to be carefully navigated

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1303 Specialist Studies In Education
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Humanities and Social Science
Publisher: Emerald
Date Deposited: 14 Feb 2017 10:07
Last Modified: 07 Sep 2017 02:00
DOI or Identification number: 10.1108/QRJ-10-2016-0059
Editors: Vicars, M and Sikes, P and Barr, S
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/5515

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