- Title Pages
- One The sociologist as voyeur
- Two Why sociology?
- Three Sociology as a science/technology of freedom
- Four Why sociology matters
- Five Passion, curiosity and integrity
- Six Sociology as democratic knowledge
- Seven Pushing at the boundaries of the discipline
- Eight Growing up as a sociologist in rural Shropshire
- Nine On the right-of-way
- Ten Living sociology
- Eleven Sociology for some, someone’s sociology…
- Twelve Imagining social science
- Thirteen From accidental to ambitious sociology
- Fourteen Sociographer by design? Boundary crossings and interdisciplinarity
- Fifteen ‘I am a sociologist’; but what exactly is a sociologist and how do you become one?
- Sixteen Sociology
- Seventeen Drift, opportunity and commitment
- Eighteen A passion for empirical sociology
- Nineteen Me, myself and sociology
- Twenty Turning to the psychosocial
- Twenty-One A long haul
- Twenty-Two Putting sociology to work in the NHS
- Twenty-Three Clinging to the precipice
- Twenty-Four The pursuit of a sociological career overseas and the navigation of an outsider perspective
- Twenty-Five Tales from the field
- Twenty-Six What sociology means to me
- Twenty-Seven Social science which engages with the real world
- Twenty-Eight A sporting chance? Notes on an ongoing career in the sociology of sport
- Twenty-Nine Sociology: involvement and detachment
- Thirty A career spent orbiting sociology
- Thirty-One Researching children’s lives
- Thirty-Two Following my star
- Thirty-Three ‘The epoch of belief…the epoch of incredulity’
- Recommended readings
- Resources for readers
Researching children’s lives
Researching children’s lives
on becoming and being a sociologist in education
- (p.257) Thirty-One Researching children’s lives
- Sociologists' Tales
- Policy Press
While some sociological careers are mapped out rigorously, others are framed by opportunities that present themselves to the researcher, which often help the novice researcher identify a career path and the type of research they want to undertake later on. This chapter draws on the author’s experiences as a novice researcher on short-term projects which involved children and young people and the reflections on how these have shaped her career as an academic later on. Different approaches to research with children and young people are based on fundamental assumptions and beliefs about their position in society and their ability to contribute to research on their lives. This chapter aims to reflect on experiences of working with children and young people across a range of research contexts and research topics. It hopes to encourage future sociologists to reflect on research as a powerful tool for informing and supporting social change, while giving young people a voice in the process. Finally, it identifies some future research areas on children and youth, but also some challenges, for example in terms of ensuring research has an impact and benefits for the wider community and the difficulties of securing research funding.
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