Youth ‘At the Margins’

Critical Perspectives and Experiences of Engaging Youth in Research Worldwide

  • Sheri Bastien
  • Halla B. Holmarsdottir

Part of the New Research – New Voices book series (NRNV)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
    1. Sheri Bastien, Halla B. Holmarsdottir
      Pages 1-19
  2. (Re)visiting Critical Epistemological and Methodological Perspectives on Engaging Youth in Research

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 21-21
    2. Lihong Huang, Halla B. Holmarsdottir
      Pages 23-40
    3. Michael Wearing
      Pages 65-86
    4. Sarah Grace Fessenden
      Pages 103-121
  3. Case Studies of Youth and Community Empowerment and Activism

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 122-122
    2. Amrita Roy, Rupayan Roy
      Pages 125-151
    3. Laura M. Lee
      Pages 153-173
    4. Supriya Baily, Sydney A. Merz
      Pages 175-193
    5. Rita Isabel Henderson, Leeanne Ireland, Wilfreda E. Thurston
      Pages 195-216
  4. The Relationship between Youth, Institutions and Structures

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 218-218
    2. Catherine Flynn, Vicky Saunders
      Pages 219-239
    3. Alla Korzh
      Pages 241-259
    4. Sarah Strader
      Pages 261-276
    5. June A. Gordon
      Pages 277-295
  5. Dispatches from the Field

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 297-297
    2. Máiréad Dunne, Naureen Durrani, Barbara Crossouard, Kathleen Fincham
      Pages 299-316
    3. Will Plowright
      Pages 317-338
    4. Noel L. Shadowen
      Pages 339-358
    5. Stephanie Skourtes
      Pages 369-384
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 385-394

About this book


This volume comes at a critical juncture, as global commitments transition from the Millennium Development Goals to Sustainable Development Goals and the wider post-2015 development agenda is being discussed and debated. In these discussions, children and youth have been recognized as one of the nine major groups of civil society whose participation in decision making is essential for achieving sustainable development. There is also a concomitant need for action – innovative, evidence-based approaches to addressing entrenched global challenges or ‘wicked problems’ and engaging youth in those efforts. Within academic discourse, the perspectives and active participation of youth in research has long been debated. It is widely believed that their participation can result in better policy responses and contribute to the development of more relevant and effective interventions and programs to address their needs. However, the engagement of youth in research processes is not without critique; issues such as how to move from tokenism towards authentic participation and empowerment have been critically discussed, and many question if youth can or should even be expected to make change happen. Youth ‘At the Margins’: Critical Perspectives and Experiences of Engaging Youth in Research Worldwide brings together a range of critical and empirical contributions from emerging scholars and seasoned academics alike. Each contribution provides a unique perspective on the potentialities and challenges associated with youth engaged research. The chapters presented in this volume strive to critically interrogate and debate important foundational issues to consider when engaging youth in the research process, such as epistemological and methodological considerations. Important insights into the ethical, pedagogical and practical aspects one must contend with can be gleaned from the selection of chapters here; some of which are primarily theoretical and descriptive, whilst others present empirical data with case examples from around the world. This volume is devoted to showcasing high quality contributions to the scholarly literature on youth engaged research in order to spur further critical debate on the various epistemological, methodological and ethical issues associated with engaging youth in research processes and in addressing intractable global issues. The audience for this volume includes students, researchers and academics within a broad range of fields who are interested in understanding the range of approaches being used worldwide to include youth in research endeavors on issues of global importance including poverty, social exclusion, structural violence, un- and under-employment, education and health.


epistemology marginalization methodology participatory action research social justice transition youth youth participation and empowerment ‘rights-based’ approaches

Editors and affiliations

  • Sheri Bastien
    • 1
  • Halla B. Holmarsdottir
    • 2
  1. 1.University of CalgaryCanada
  2. 2.Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied SciencesNorway

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