chapter  Chapter 13
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Participation, positionality and power

Critical moments in research with service-engaged youth
WithSigne Ravn

This chapter discusses three particular challenges that occurred in qualitative research with young women who have school before finishing upper secondary school. The three challenges concern participation - on behalf of the potential research participants as well as the researcher. I approach these situations as critical moments, critical for my understanding of and engagement in the research. More specifically, I address challenges related to recruitment, to researcher positionality and to managing relationships in the field. I demonstrate how encounters such as the ones described call for reflection to foster greater insight into the research process - what went well and what went wrong, and why did it go wrong - and ultimately ensure ethical research practices. I argue that these reflections must not be left as such but have to be treated as part of the data and therefore integrated into the data analysis.