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Suvi Pihkala & Tuija Huuki (2022) Safe and enabling: composing ethically sustainable crafty-activist research on gender and power in young peer cultures, International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 26:4, 363-375, DOI: 10.1080/13645579.2022.2026132

Safe and enabling : composing ethically sustainable crafty-activist research on gender and power in young peer cultures

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Author: Pihkala, Suvi1; Huuki, Tuija1
Organizations: 1Faculty of Education, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
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Language: English
Published: Informa, 2022
Publish Date: 2022-09-21


New materialisms have informed an array of creative methodologies, inviting scholars to rethink ethics in the practices of research with children. Participating in this rethinking, this study elaborates on ethical practices in creative research where new materialist and arts-based methodologies intra-act with children and the sensitivities of gender and power in young peer cultures. Drawing on experiences from the authors’ creative workshops, this paper investigates how new materialist creative practice allows children to explore and communicate their experiences of gender and power in safe and enabling ways. The authors suggest expanding their ethical practice by composing ethically sustainable encounters for children to engage with experiences of and visions for their peer cultures. They close by discussing practices for responding to the inherent un/safety of addressing gender and sexual abuses of power and for enabling microprocesses of change to — as a matter of sustainability — transform oppressive peer cultures towards social justice.

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Series: International journal of social research methodology
ISSN: 1364-5579
ISSN-E: 1464-5300
ISSN-L: 1364-5579
Volume: 26
Issue: 4
Pages: 363 - 375
DOI: 10.1080/13645579.2022.2026132
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 520 Other social sciences
Copyright information: © 2022 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.