Faculty Publications

Title

Learning about inequality from kids: Interviewing strategies for getting beneath equality rhetoric

Document Type

Article

Keywords

Colorblind, Interview, Kids, Mapping, Visual methods, Youth

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Sociological Studies of Children and Youth

Volume

22

First Page

277

Last Page

301

Abstract

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.

Original Publication Date

1-1-2017

DOI of published version

10.1108/S1537-466120180000022013

Repository

UNI ScholarWorks, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa

Language

en

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