This chapter examines the challenges and possibilities involved in conducting interdisciplinary and mixed-methods research based on a six-year longitudinal study of youths' livelihoods in East Africa. The project involved researchers trained in and drawing on a variety of disciplines and research paradigms. Interdisciplinary projects can produce productive tensions as the participants grapple with their different approaches, measures, and meanings. This chapter discusses points of tension faced by the team engaged in researching youths' complex lives. These tensions pushed the researchers to work to understand each other-to take into account their own subject positions as researchers-across different disciplines and paradigms; if they had not done so, the research process would not have been so productive. The particular tensions discussed include: measuring and describing youths' livelihoods; and conducting and interpreting interviews about youths' lives. These tensions are particularly salient to research conducted in cross-cultural projects, where researchers are challenged to consider how they know what they know about youth.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||Children and Youth as Subjects, Objects, Agents|
|Subtitle of host publication||Innovative Approaches to Research Across Space and Time|
|Publisher||Springer International Publishing|
|Number of pages||15|
|State||Published - Apr 15 2021|
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