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Title: Survival of the fastest: ethical dilemmas in research with 'Boy Racers'
Authors: Lumsden, Karen
Keywords: Boy racers
Giving voice
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: © Sage Publications and YOUNG Editorial Group
Citation: LUMSDEN, K., 2013. Survival of the fastest: ethical dilemmas in research with 'Boy Racers'. Young, 21 (3), pp. 273 - 288.
Abstract: This article grapples with the ethical dilemmas of youth research, and more specifically 'edgework', via an experiential account of fieldwork with 'boy racers' in Aberdeen, Scotland. 'Edgework' is ethically problematic for those who wish to conduct fieldwork with youths. By engaging in 'edgework', researchers can find themselves unwittingly drawn into the deviant activities of youths, as deviance slowly becomes the norm through prolonged immersion in their social world. 'Edgework' also blurs the line between insider and outsider status, threatening the researcher's ability to step back from the field and critically reflect on their experiences. Furthermore, the experiential aspect of the 'edgework' method is called to the fore since the researcher's experiences of risky behaviours (in terms of discomfort) differed from those of the researched (in terms of pleasure). © SAGE Publications and Young Editorial Group.
Description: This article was published in the journal, Youth [© Sage Publications and YOUNG Editorial Group] and the definitive version is available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1103308813488814
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1177/1103308813488814
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/13258
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1103308813488814
ISSN: 1103-3088
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