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Researching Belonging in Youth Studies

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This chapter reflects on what a belonging framework allows researchers to do conceptually and methodologically. It discusses how the turn to belonging has animated debates about empirical techniques and prompted the use of and connection to a range of old and new methods that bring vibrancy to the field. While it pushes against limiting tropes in youth research and policy, a belonging frame has also produced thin reportage of young people’s narratives of experiences, overemphasising personal capacity for social and civic connection and sometimes sidelining larger issues of economic and political processes and structures. It concludes that there are some sound and important reasons to work within this frame, but that it is necessary for these to be articulated and held up to critical scrutiny.

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Harris, A., Cuervo, H., Wyn, J. (2021). Researching Belonging in Youth Studies. In: Thinking about Belonging in Youth Studies. Studies in Childhood and Youth. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-75119-7_8

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