New methodological challenges in youth research: Seminar and book launch on 12 June 2009

‘New methodological challenges in youth research’ formed the focus of a recent seminar organised by the British Sociological Association’s Youth Study Group.

The day was organised in part as an informal launch of a new book by members of the study group: Researching Young People’s Lives, by Sue Heath, Rachel Brooks, Elizabeth Cleaver and Eleanor Ireland. Eight speakers contributed to a very lively and enjoyable day, covering topics as diverse as mobile methods, blog analysis, digital ethnography, photography, collage, participatory youth research and music elicitation (this last accompanied by a soundtrack provided by extreme heavy metal band ‘Darkthrone’). Professor Christine Griffin from the University of Bath ended the seminar with some personal reflections on the day, highlighting the innovative nature of the work presented by the speakers, as well as some areas of continuity, including perennial concerns with the ethics of youth research. The presentation slides are available online at the National Centre for Research Methods website.

Thanks to the BSA, Sage and to the National Centre for Research Methods for their sponsorship of the event!

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