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Public Peer Review: What happens when you ask young people to become the critics?

Mannay, Dawn ORCID: 2017. Public Peer Review: What happens when you ask young people to become the critics? Presented at: Third Annual Southwest Qualitative Research Symposium, University of Bath, Bath, UK, 1 February 2017.

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This paper reflects on a novel approach to the review process where the traditional peer review was married with the perspectives, suggestions and corrections of young people. The project was a book ‘Our Changing Land: Revisiting Gender, Class and Identity in Contemporary Wales’, which presented research on education, politics and culture. It was important to move beyond the academic voice and open up the collection to young people, and funding was sought to develop a creative form or review and revision. Young people looked at the chapters and themes of the book and responded with their agreement, their challenges and their additions. Working with an artist, a photographer, songwriters and musicians, these critiques were represented with a visual image for each chapter, a music videos for each theme, and a concluding section of the book that reflected on these contributions. Importantly, the young people involved were not research participants but critics and collaborators. Each song dealt with topics that they felt were missing from the collection, and brought to life the issues of ethnicity and hybrid identities, body image and bullying, and political (dis)engagement. The photographs created and selected either supported the arguments of each chapter or challenged their findings and brought new perspectives. The paper argues that traditional peer review is useful but that if we work creatively it is possible to move outside of the ivory tower and to engage with communities in creative ways to refine, relocate and redress the focus of our qualitative inquiries; and consider whose voice is being spoken and whose voice is heard. The intersections of novel and established methods does not make the traditional obsolete, however, arguably it helps to reframe our work and take us in new directions.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Date Type: Completion
Status: Unpublished
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
M Music and Books on Music > M Music
T Technology > TR Photography
Uncontrolled Keywords: Dissemination; engagement; young people; photographs; music; Wales; national identity; gender; class
Last Modified: 02 Nov 2022 10:19

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