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Key thinkers in childhood studies$
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Carmel Smith and Sheila Greene

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781447308072

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447308072.001.0001

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William A. Corsaro

William A. Corsaro

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Key thinkers in childhood studies

Carmel Smith

Sheila Greene

Policy Press

Professor Bill Corsaro offers a potted history of his 30 year career as a children’s ethnographer and discusses some of the well-known figures who have helped shaped his work. He reflects on his research with children in the USA, Italy and Norway and his particular focus on children’s relationships with peers and adults. He rejects the idea that only the methods of the hard sciences are rigorous and discusses the approach he takes to ensure rigour and accountability in his qualitative research work. He argues that sometimes qualitative researchers must stand up for what they believe in and stay truthful to their assumptions.

Keywords:   ethnographer, children, USA, Italy, Norway, children’s relationships, peers, qualitative research, methods, rigour

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