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Methodological Reflections on Studying Working Children and Children's Work
Linköping University, The Tema Institute, Department of Child Studies. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
2005 (English)Conference paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This paper discusses different methodological approaches in research studying the phenomenon children-s work in contemporary Sweden. In my research, using a child perspective, I study the children-s own ideas regarding their work and their ideas concerning defining what they think work is and is not out of the many activities they partake in. The number of tasks carried out by children are not concentrated to one place or setting and sometimes their activities are not regarded as work, it is something that is done in small amounts of time, on different arenas, some at home, some in settings outside the family, some are formal other informal, some is paid and other is unpaid. Different settings and arenas call for different methodological approaches. Connected to these methodological aspects is the challenging question of getting -entry- to the field and -access- to the informants. Using different combinations of methods can be a technique to overcome problems regarding -entry- and access-. The paper discusses how different methods such as interviews, questionnaires, children-s drawings and pictures plus participant observations can be used in combination trying to make research with a child perspective possible and to research something as non-static and scattered as children-s work.

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Children, Work, Children's work
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Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-31999Local ID: 17851OAI: diva2:252822
Children and Youth in Emerging and Transforming Societies, International Conference, June 29 - July 3, Oslo, Norway
Available from: 2009-10-09 Created: 2009-10-09 Last updated: 2012-10-11Bibliographically approved

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