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Getting lost in the field : the unpredictable nature of fieldwork with young people

Dwyer, Angela E. & Hayes, Hennessey (2011) Getting lost in the field : the unpredictable nature of fieldwork with young people. In Bartels, Lorana & Richards, Kelly (Eds.) Qualitative Criminology : Stories from the Field. Hawkins Press, Annandale, NSW, pp. 106-115.

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    Abstract

    This chapter focuses on the unpredictable nature of fieldwork with young offenders, specifically with those in a marginalised context. We begin by recounting our experiences working with young people who have had contact with criminal justice processes, particularly those who are the subject of extreme levels of official social control. We then turn to a discussion of the challenges associated with the unpredictable nature of fieldwork, specifically the difficulties associated with negotiating access with gatekeepers and negotiating with young people. We also discuss specific challenges with the research ethics governance of ethically sensitive research in this context (e.g. interviewing young people about offending behaviour). Finally, we recount our experiences in working these young people, with a focus on ‘the grunt’: that is, drawing out young peoples’ stories in interviews. We conclude with some reflections on the need to develop systematic instruction in qualitative work in this specific context.

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    ID Code: 41049
    Item Type: Book Chapter
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    Keywords: fieldwork, young people, marginalised, criminal justice, interviews, gatekeepers, ethics
    ISBN: 9781876067243
    Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > CRIMINOLOGY (160200)
    Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800) > Sociological Methodology and Research Methods (160807)
    Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
    Current > Research Centres > Law and Justice Research Centre
    Current > Schools > School of Justice
    Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 Hawkins Press
    Deposited On: 31 Mar 2011 07:50
    Last Modified: 11 Aug 2011 07:15

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