Making space for ambiguity: the value of multiple and participatory methods in researching diasporic youth identities
Ní Laoire, Caitríona
Routledge - Taylor & Francis Group
This article explores the use of participatory methods in a research project with young people in return migrant families. In-depth children-centred participatory research was conducted with children and young people who had moved to Ireland with their Irish return migrant parents during the recent ‘Celtic Tiger’ era. I argue that the use of multimodal and participatory methods in research with young migrants enables participants to express multiple identities and complex narratives of self. People frequently perform different identities in different contexts, but young migrants in particular, because of the disruptions and incoherences associated with their migrancy and their complex social and cultural positionings, can express ambiguous and apparently contradictory narratives of self. Recognising that research is a process of coconstructing meaning, I highlight the importance of using multimodal methods in research with young migrants, showing how different modes of coconstructing meaning can allow different and ambiguous narratives of self to be articulated.
Participatory methods , Multimodal research , Youth , Return migrants , Narratives , Identities
Ní Laoire, C. (2015) 'Making space for ambiguity: the value of multiple and participatory methods in researching diasporic youth identities', Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power, 23(4), pp. 470-484. doi: 10.1080/1070289X.2015.1024124
© 2015, Taylor & Francis. All rights reserved. This is an Accepted Manuscript of an item published by Taylor & Francis in Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power on 7 April, 2015, available online: https://doi.org/10.1080/1070289X.2015.1024124