Photo/Stories from the field: Can we play now? 

Dr Sevasti-Melissa Nolas talks about child participants’ own research agendas, and using playing and games as methodology

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Political activism across the life course: Special issue for Contemporary Social Science

A special issue that Melissa, Vinnarasan and me have edited for Contemporary Social Science,’Political activism across the life course‘ has just been published! The publishing of the issue rounds up a […]

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Photo/Stories from the field: Sampling in the wild 

I spent the time between September 2014 until August 2015 creating the London ‘sample’ and from January 2014 onwards was also doing fieldwork with the children as they started to […]

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Boys, football and politics: Children in Political Campaign Ads

As the election in Greece approaches, a tense atmosphere has overtaken the city of Athens. Political ads, of any form and medium, are flooding the public discourse, as is to be expected in pre-election times, let alone in the context of such a crucial election. Among the television ads of political parties, unsurprisingly, there are some that depict children.

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Ethnography of the city

Vinnarasan Aruldoss describes sampling with ethnography and how the very notion of ‘childhood’ gets figured temporally, spatially, and through disciplines

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Idioms of childhood: understanding children’s viewpoints and participation

Francesca Vaghi reflects on our Making Connections workshop and explores how idioms can be used for interpretation and analysis of ‘mundane’ everyday life

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Multimodal reflections on the making connections workshop

Elsie Whittington gives a multimodal reflection on her experience of our recent making connections workshop, with audio contributions from Dr Rebecca Webb

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Lost in translation?

Dr Martin Bittner reflects on his own research and experiences of working across cultures, exploring a theory and methodology of translation

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Photo/Stories from the field: The computer in the room

Dr Christos Varvantakis describes the impact of technology, computer games, and mobile phones on childhood games across the Connectors Study

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Photo/Stories from the field: An encounter with an unsolicited stranger

Dr Vinnarasan Aruldoss describes strangers interrupting research dynamics and flows, touching on the ethical challenge for privacy in close-knit communities

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Photo/Stories from the field: Splat!

Dr Sevasti-Melissa Nolas reflects on pain and embodiment in the research process, and how children adapted their game playing to be more inclusive

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Photo/Stories from the field: A dog’s statue (and the story behind it)

On modern fables and story-telling in public space: Christos Varvantakis shares an excerpt from the field

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Photo/Stories from the field: Adults in child research

What happens to ethics when the process of conducting research itself becomes public? What do we do when adults or parents intervene in data collection?

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Photo/Stories from the field: To part with one’s dolls

Dr Christos Varvantakis explores ‘coming of age’ tropes and temporalities in childhood play, and how ethics and anonymity are understood and enacted

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