Learning about inequality from kids: Interviewing strategies for getting beneath equality rhetoric
Colorblind, Interview, Kids, Mapping, Visual methods, Youth
Sociological Studies of Children and Youth
There are three main analytic challenges to studying kids, especially where the core focus is inequality: (1) minimizing the power imbalance between adults/researchers and kids/participants, (2) attending to the active and imaginative communication styles of young people, and (3) getting beneath the superficial rhetoric of meritocracy, colorblindness, and post-feminism. In this chapter, we draw from our own qualitative insights when studying middle school kids (grades 6-8, ages 11-14) in providing a systematic analysis of the effectiveness of distinct visual strategies and their respective strengths and limitations for producing rich, useful, and specific data. The insights gleaned are applicable to analyses of kids, understandings of inequality, and even methodological training.
Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminology
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UNI ScholarWorks, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa
McTague, Tricia; Froyum, Carissa; and Risman, Barbara J., "Learning about inequality from kids: Interviewing strategies for getting beneath equality rhetoric" (2017). Faculty Publications. 977.