Managing Ethics When Working with Young People and Children

Lisa Russell, Ruth Barley

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All research has the potential to affect people, ethnographers delve into the life of the every day of their participants, they walk their walk, talk their talk and strive for valid, in-depth contextualised data, gathered over a longitudinal and often intimate basis. Ethnography is explorative and inductive. It is messy, unpredictable and complex. Ethnography conducted with young people and children adds to the intricacy of managing ethically sound research practice within and beyond the field. In recent years, ethnographies with children, young people and families have become increasingly prominent, yet few scholars have written about conducting ethnographic research with children and young people (Albon & Barley, 2021; Levey, 2009; Mayeza, 2017). The ethnographer that works with children and young people needs to be aware that the power relationship between adults and children operates in complex and sometimes surprising ways and so needs to be ethically aware, ethically reactive and be prepared to be ethically challenged.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEthics, Ethnography and Education
EditorsLisa Russell, Ruth Barley, Jonathan Tummons
PublisherEmerald Group Publishing Ltd.
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9781800710085, 9781800710108
ISBN (Print)9781839822476
Publication statusPublished - 23 Jun 2022

Publication series

NameStudies in Educational Ethnography
ISSN (Print)1529-210X
ISSN (Electronic)1875-5186


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