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Survival of the fastest: ethical dilemmas in research with 'Boy Racers'

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posted on 04.10.2013, 08:06 authored by Karen Lumsden
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.

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School

  • Social Sciences

Department

  • Communication, Media, Social and Policy Studies

Citation

LUMSDEN, K., 2013. Survival of the fastest: ethical dilemmas in research with 'Boy Racers'. Young, 21 (3), pp. 273 - 288.

Publisher

© Sage Publications and YOUNG Editorial Group

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Publication date

2013

Notes

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

ISSN

1103-3088

eISSN

1741-3222

Language

en