Doing it Write: Representation and Responsibility in Writing Up Participatory Research Involving Young People

Catherine Wilkinson, Samantha Wilkinson

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Abstract

This article adopts a reflexive stance as the authors look back on their doctoral research projects; the first exploring young people’s relationships with community radio, and the second a study of young people’s alcohol consumption practices and experiences, both in the North West of England, UK. The authors discuss the methods of data collection they employed, which enabled young people the opportunity to participate in meaningful ways. However, drawing on snapshots from their theses, the authors question whether decisions made when writing up related to protecting anonymity, (re)presenting speech characteristics, and editing, independently of participants, potentially undid some of the hard work exerted in creating an equitable space for young people’s contributions, resultantly perpetuating the regulation of young people and keeping them ‘in their place’. The authors propose some recommendations for facilitating the inclusion of young people in the writing up of participatory research.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)219-227
JournalSocial Inclusion
Volume5
Issue number3
Early online date26 Sep 2017
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 26 Sep 2017

Keywords

  • Dissemination
  • inclusion
  • methods
  • participatory research
  • qualitative research
  • young people

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