Child focused research: Disconnected and disembodied voices

Cooper, Victoria (2023). Child focused research: Disconnected and disembodied voices. Childhood, 30(1) pp. 71–85.



Voice represents a commitment to child focused studies which provide insights into childhood. This builds upon the assumption that voice equates to authenticity and that children’s words can speak for themselves. These claims remain disputed and more could be done to critique how voices are extracted, translated and used in research in ways which disconnect from embodied experiences within material and social contexts. Critical analysis provides an opportunity to consider next steps in voice research, calling for greater dialogue between disciplines and a reconsideration of disciplinary boundaries.

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