This chapter presents the broad themes of this special issue by introducing the contributions and connections among the chapters in the volume. Recent theoretical constructions of childhood have positioned children as social actors resulting in a growth of child- and youth-centered empirical research. Yet, there is a continued importance for researchers to discuss ethical issues that arise in research with youth, contend with the competing constructions of children as social agents and in need of protection, and explore innovative methodological strategies used in research with youth.
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Swauger, Melissa, Ingrid E. Castro, and Brent Harger. “The Continued Importance of Research with Children and Youth: The “New” Sociology of Childhood Forty Years Later.” In Researching Children and Youth: Methodological Issues, Strategies, and Innovations, eds. Castro, Swauger, and Harger.(Sociological Studies of Children and Youth, Volume 22). Bingley, UK: Emerald Group Publishing, 2017.
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