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Sara Eldén

Sara Eldén

Associate Professor | Director of Research Studies | Senior Lecturer

Sara Eldén

Inviting the messy: Drawing methods and 'children's voices'

Author

  • Sara Eldén

Summary, in English

This article engages with the current debate in childhood research on children’s voices and representation in the research process. In this discussion, the frequent use of drawing techniques in childhood research is often highlighted as especially problematic. While agreeing that there is a need to critically examine the concept of ‘children’s voices’ and the production of ‘voices’ in research, the author argues for the possibility of and need for reflexive and creative research enabling the ‘voicing’ of others – such as children – and the possibilities of a sociological analysis of drawing methods. The argument is elaborated with a presentation and discussion of a current research project on children and care in Sweden. The author discusses two of the methods used in interviews with children – a draw-your-day exercise and concentric circles of closeness – which together help the child and the researcher narrativize practices and relationships of care that would otherwise be obscured. While the narratives that emerge cannot be viewed as providing ‘authentic’ insights into the caring situation of the child, they can be regarded as contributing to a more complex and multi-layered picture of care, which is a valuable contribution to the research field of family and interpersonal relationships.

Department/s

  • Sociology

Publishing year

2013

Language

English

Pages

66-81

Publication/Series

Childhood

Volume

20

Issue

1

Document type

Journal article

Publisher

SAGE Publications

Topic

  • Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)

Keywords

  • complexity of voice
  • care
  • children’s voices
  • sociology
  • sociologi
  • visual methods

Status

Published

Project

  • Relationer kring omsorg bortom familjen (FAS 2010-0505)

ISBN/ISSN/Other

  • ISSN: 0907-5682