chapter  7
Ethnographic studies of young children Eva Gulløv and Lisbeth Ljosdal Skreland
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Ethnographic research investigates the everyday lives of people. When studying children, the aim is to understand what kind of life children are part of, what values and understandings they grow up with, and how they perceive and make sense of their social and cultural surroundings. Carrying out an ethnographic study means to invest one’s time and body in observing and interacting with the children of interest in order to get a deeper understanding of the culture the children are embedded in. The advantage of the approach is, thus, that it gives a richer and more varied material than passing out questionnaires or listening to people’s narratives in interviews alone (Alvesson & Sköldberg, 2008).