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Title: Learning from young people about their lives: using participatory methods to research the impacts of AIDS in southern Africa
Authors: Ansell, N
Robson, E
Hajdu, F
van Blerk, L
Keywords: Participation;Research methods;Knowledge production;Malawi;Lesotho
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Citation: Children's Geographies, 10(2), 169 - 186, 2012
Abstract: Methods of participatory research have become popular among children's geographers as they are believed to enable young people to speak openly about their lives in unthreatening contexts. In this article, we reflect on our experience of using participatory methods to explore the sensitive topic of (indirect) impacts of AIDS on young people's livelihoods in Malawi and Lesotho. We examine how different methodological approaches generate varying knowledges of children's lived realities; challenges of using ‘insider’ and ‘outsider’ research assistants; the place of group-based approaches in participatory research; and ethical issues. We suggest that researchers of young people's lives should take full account of the relationship between epistemology and methodology in selecting and employing methods appropriate to particular research questions.
Description: This is the author's accepted mauscript of the article published in Children's Geographies. Copyright @ Taylor & Francis 2012. The publisher version can be accessed via the link below.
ISSN: 1473-3285
Appears in Collections:Human Geography
Community Health and Public Health
Dept of Clinical Sciences Research Papers

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