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Title: 'You were quiet - I did all the marching': Research processes involved in hearing the voices of South Asian girls
Authors: Ludhra, G
Chappell, A
Keywords: South Asian girls;Interviews;Methodology;Multi-voicedness
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Citation: International Journal of Adolescence and Youth, 16(2): 101-118, 2011
Abstract: This article provides insights into the outcomes of reflection following two interview approaches used to explore narratives of the lived, individual experiences of South-Asian girls living in West London. In attempting to illuminate and re-present the cultural experiences as told by these girls, the choice of interview approach became critical in allowing the voices to be effectively heard (Rogers, 2005). This article therefore considers how a semi-structured interview approach offered valuable insights into the girls' experiences but became constraining for both researcher and participant in unveiling the complexity and depth of their lives. These constraints emerged through reflection by both participants and researcher. As a result of reflexivity during the research process, the researcher moved towards the use of research conversations during the second phase of the study. Ultimately the study revealed how the girls felt empowered by the opportunity to narrate their individual experiences and tell of their lives. In narrating their reflections on being part of the research, there was a clear recognition that the process facilitated the articulation of new voices and ‘multi-voicedness’ (Moen, 2006)
Description: This article is available open access through the publisher’s website at the link below. Copyright @ 2011 A B Academic Publishers.
ISSN: 2164-4527
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Dept of Education Research Papers

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