The research imagination amid dilemmas of engaging young people in critical participatory work

Dentith, Audrey M., Measor, Lynda and O'Malley, Michael P. (2012) The research imagination amid dilemmas of engaging young people in critical participatory work Forum: Qualitative Social Research , 13 (1). pp. 1-17. ISSN 1438-5627

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Abstract

The article is based on qualitative research conducted in the UK and the USA by three critical social field researchers drawn to work with young people in participative ways. The work was grounded in the researchers' commitments to researching to "make a difference" in the lives of young people. By promoting participant engagement that might affect personal understanding and policy change. The authors discuss their use of and dilemmas of practice using critical research strategies across three separate research projects. The young people in each study face a range of deprivations and life difficulties. The methods draw from perspectives that counter the resurgent logic of positivism that are increasingly favored in contemporary academic research by funding authorities and that reflect the prevailing governing mentalities that thwart critical emancipatory research in this era of post-neoliberalism.

Item Type: Journal article
Uncontrolled Keywords: participatory research; critical social inquiry; field strategies; transgression of power; post-neoliberalism post-neoliberalism
Subjects: L000 Social Sciences
Faculties: Faculty of Health and Social Sciences > School of Applied Social Science
Depositing User: editor sass
Date Deposited: 20 Apr 2012 14:25
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2013 14:33
URI: http://eprints.brighton.ac.uk/id/eprint/10280

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