Going ‘backstage’: observant participationin research with young people.

Catherine Wilkinson

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    This paper reflects on fieldwork undertaken at youth-led community radio station, KCC Live. It draws on Goffman to elucidate the differences between front and backstage spaces at KCC Live, and provides snapshots from research encounters to illustrate the importance of observant participation (over participant observation) in permitting access to these spaces. This paper celebrates the embeddedness of the researcher as a member of the community under study. In doing so, it argues that immersion in community research settings can enable insight into the functioning, relationships, rules and peculiarities of the place and people, all of which are fundamental to ethnographic research.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalChildren's Geographies
    Early online date20 Feb 2017
    Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 20 Feb 2017


    • Observant participation
    • participantobservation
    • ethnography
    • young people
    • community radio
    • fieldwork


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