Ambivalent Positions and Challenging Contexts in Researching “Rainbow Youth” in Finland

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Lehtonen , J & Taavetti , R 2018 , Ambivalent Positions and Challenging Contexts in Researching “Rainbow Youth” in Finland . in T Shefer , J Hearn , K Ratele & F Boonzaier (eds) , Engaging Youth in Activism, Research and Pedagogical Praxis : Transnational and Intersectional Perspectives on Gender, Sex, and Race . Routledge Critical Studies in Gender and Sexuality in Education , Routledge , Abingdon, Oxon , pp. 75-90 . https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315270470-5

Title: Ambivalent Positions and Challenging Contexts in Researching “Rainbow Youth” in Finland
Author: Lehtonen, Jukka; Taavetti, Riikka
Editor: Shefer, Tamara; Hearn, Jeff; Ratele, Kopano; Boonzaier, Floretta
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Gender Studies
University of Helsinki, Academic Disciplines of the Faculty of Social Sciences
Publisher: Routledge
Date: 2018
Language: eng
Number of pages: 16
Belongs to series: Engaging Youth in Activism, Research and Pedagogical Praxis Transnational and Intersectional Perspectives on Gender, Sex, and Race
Belongs to series: Routledge Critical Studies in Gender and Sexuality in Education
ISBN: 9781138283008
9781315270470
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/324885
Abstract: This chapter discusses the positions of researchers and young people in research projects on young rainbow, or lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) people. It analyses methodological, ethical and theoretical problems that each faced in research on and with young people and discusses challenges related to research contexts. The specific contexts analyzed were as follows: a government-funded short-term project with a need to produce results for advocacy work in which Riikka Taavetti worked. The chapter describes the specific problems involved in using the survey data. It also describes individual research projects and discusses how the position of the researcher and participation of the young people were negotiated in the research process. The chapter focuses on how research projects were influenced by their structure and funding. In Finland, young people who do not identify with the heterosexual and cisgendered norms, or are seen to challenge these norms, are sometimes referred to as "rainbow" youth.
Subject: 6160 Other humanities
5141 Sociology
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