9th Conference European Sociological Association

RN04 Sociology of Children and Childhood

2009-09-03 15:30:00 2009-09-03 17:00:00 Thursday, 3 September 15:30 - 17:00 Theoretical and Methodological Issues in Researching Childhood and Children's Lives I Building II, C6.01

Between distinction and inalterability: (RE)thinking Child Research Methodologies

Debates on methodological possibilities of developing research with children have been demanding, in recent times, a rethinking of epistemological and methodological dynamics and postures. Some of those questions consider it from differentiated positions. Some defend the necessity to develop methodological perspective different for the analysis from children?s social and cultural worlds; other defend that the investigation of these worlds does not imply different attitudes from those adopted for the analysis of adults social and cultural worlds. This communication, locating itself in the first approach, intends to discuss the methodological reinvention in childhood research, carry out by the Sociology of the Childhood. It defends that it is not sufficient to consider children as research subjects, being fundamental to consider them as participants of the research process, in spite of all the ambivalences, obstacles and critics that can be appointed. It defends, also, that children?s specificities also demand different research methodologies.