Researching Young People’s Orientations to the Future: The Methodological Challenges of Using Arts Practice

Lyon, Dawn and Carabelli, Giulia (2015) Researching Young People’s Orientations to the Future: The Methodological Challenges of Using Arts Practice. Qualitative Research, . pp. 1-16. ISSN 1468-7941. E-ISSN 1741-3109. (doi:https://doi.org/10.1177/1468794115587393) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

Visual and arts-based methods are now widely used in the social sciences. In youth research they are considered to promote engagement and empowerment. This article contributes to debate on the challenges of using arts-based methods in research with young people. We discuss the experience of a multidisciplinary project investigating how young people imagine their futures – Imagine Sheppey - to critically consider the use of arts-based methods and the kinds of data produced through these practices. We make two sets of arguments. First, that the challenges of participation and collaboration are not overcome by using apparently ‘youth-friendly’ research tools. Second, that the nature of data produced through arts-based methods can leave researchers with significant problems of interpretation. We highlight these issues in relation to the focus of this project on researching the future.

Item Type: Article
Projects: [UNSPECIFIED] Imagine Sheppey
Uncontrolled keywords: Young people, imagined futures, arts-based methods, participatory strategies, ethics in visual research, empowerment.
Subjects: H Social Sciences
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Medway
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Sociology
Depositing User: Dawn Lyon
Date Deposited: 10 Feb 2016 12:02 UTC
Last Modified: 12 Feb 2016 08:43 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/48607 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Lyon, Dawn: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8534-2194
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