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Going ‘backstage’: observant participation in research with young people

Wilkinson, C (2017) Going ‘backstage’: observant participation in research with young people. Children's Geographies, 15 (5). pp. 614-620. ISSN 1473-3285

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This paper reflects on fieldwork undertaken at youth-led community radio station, KCC Live. It draws on Goffman to elucidate the differences between front and backstage spaces at KCC Live, and provides snapshots from research encounters to illustrate the importance of observant participation (over participant observation) in permitting access to these spaces. This paper celebrates the embeddedness of the researcher as a member of the community under study. In doing so, it argues that immersion in community research settings can enable insight into the functioning, relationships, rules and peculiarities of the place and people, all of which are fundamental to ethnographic research.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1604 Human Geography, 1607 Social Work
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Divisions: Education
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Date Deposited: 26 Nov 2019 14:40
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2021 08:32
DOI or ID number: 10.1080/14733285.2017.1290924
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/11696
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