Transforming subjectivity When aiming for mutually transformative processes in research with children
AbstractThe aim of this paper is to investigate how children use their participation in research as a
potential transformative social practice in everyday life. The concept of transformative social
practice will be discussed in relation to the notion of transformation.
Through empirical examples provided by Holly (12) and Oliver (11), the article argues that
research processes open up possibilities for understanding ourselves (researchers and
participants) in new ways.
‘Life Mapping’ - as dialogical method in research with children - will be presented and reflected
upon as a way for children to develop different understandings of themselves, their families, and
everyday life. This emphasizes the connection between the use of child-relevant methodologies and
how specific children can bring dialogues from the research process in to play in their everyday
Data is drawn from a qualitative study and is a part of a PhD project studying children’s everyday
lives with two households as a result of parental divorce. The project involves ten children aged 8-
12 and their parents.
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