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“It is refreshing to see a book such as this which is both broad in its conceptualization of the field of child research and deep in its focus. The volume's editors are paragons of awareness when it comes to the need for interdisciplinary research and theory to illuminate the lives and experience of children.”

James Garbarino, Loyola University Chicago

“Covers a satisfying and unprecedentedly wide range of research relating to childhood. The contributors include many eminent international scholars of childhood, making the book a valuable resource for child researchers. Child advocates will also find the book to be invaluable in their efforts to improve children's well-being, and to change policies and practices for the better.”

Anne Smith, University of Otago

“A really scintillating collection that will provide a lasting perspective on child studies - stimulating and comprehensive!”

Jonathan Bradshaw, University of York

In keeping with global changes in children's social and legal status, this Handbook includes examination of children as family members, friends, learners, consumers, people of faith, and participants in law and politics. The contributors also discuss the methodological and ethical requirements for research that occurs in natural settings and that enables children themselves to describe their perspective.

The book is divided into three parts: Part I: Setting-Specific Issues in Child Research; Part II: Population-Specific Issues in Child Research; Part III: Methods in Research on Children and Childhood

Children as Family Members
Children as family members
JenniferMason
BeckyTipper
Introduction

In this chapter, we explore what we see as some of the key issues that have arisen in recent research into children's experiences of family life. The chapter has a methodological focus and develops an argument for a methodological approach, which is sensitive and open, and which is anchored in children's everyday experiences and perspectives. We do not suggest, however, that this is simple or straightforward, and we consider some of the complexities and challenges. We conclude by suggesting that, ironically perhaps, the better that qualitative researchers become in listening to the intimate and real-life detail of children's experiences, the more problematic are the ethical issues raised.

Untangling ‘Home’, ‘Family’, and ‘Children’

In social science research, the family and the ...

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