Amplifying Silenced Voices and Revealing Invisible Populations: Methodological Challenges

Wednesday, 18 July 2018: 17:30-19:20
RC34 Sociology of Youth (host committee)

Language: English

This session addresses methodological questions. There are high profile bodies of policy-driven research on 'invisible' populations, for example in the 1990s: Intravenous drug users (linked to concerns about HIV transmission) and street prostitutes were two of the groups discussed.  However, there are silenced voices and invisible populations in every domain of young people's lives, across health, education, justice, housing, community, spirituality and citizenship.  In quantitative and longitudinal studies these are often the ones who go missing. Meanwhile in qualitative studies, there are issues of winning trust and persuading of confidentiality if any meaningful discussion, and revelation, is going to take place.  Ethical, philosophical, strategic and methodological questions may converge in this conversation, and are directly related to the themes of violence, justice & power. Both in academic research, and in the context of the interplay between research, policy and practice, these are important dynamics for the sociology of youth.
Session Organizer:
Howard WILLIAMSON, University of South Wales, United Kingdom
Oral Presentations
Critical Reflections on the Craft of Participatory Research with Young People: Unsettling Dominant Narratives
Jacqueline KENNELLY, Carleton University, Canada; Cath LARKINS, University of Central Lancashire, United Kingdom; Alastair ROY, University of Central Lancashire, United Kingdom
A Critical Overview of the Significance of Power and Power Relations in the Lives of Children in Care: Evidence from an Irish Study.
Caroline MCGREGOR, National University of Ireland Galway, Ireland; Lisa MORAN, Edge Hill University, United Kingdom; Carmel DEVANEY, National University of Ireland Galway, Ireland
Promoting Inclusive Anti-Oppressive Research Practices: Community-Based Research with Young Adults with Developmental Disabilities
Luz Maria VAZQUEZ, York University, Canada; Nazilla NAZILLA KHANLOU, York University, Canada
Distributed Papers
Incarcerated Minors and Their Health: The Lack of Data and the Risk of Institutional Stigmatization.
Yaëlle AMSELLEM-MAINGUY, CERLIS, France; Benoît COQUARD, Institut national de la jeunesse et de l'éducation populaire (INJEP), France; Arthur VUATTOUX, Ecole des hautes études en santé publique (EHESP - School of Public Health), France
Measuring Child Well-Being in Bangladesh: Are Self-Reported Measures of Well-Being Reliable and Valid?
Haridhan GOSWAMI, Manchester Metropolitan University, United Kingdom; M. Ibrahim KHALIL, Government Brojomohan College, Bangladesh
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