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ERIC Number: EJ856710
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Mar
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 43
ISSN: ISSN-1745-7823
Alternative Ways of Expressing and Reading Identity
Higgins, Jane; Nairn, Karen; Sligo, Judith
Ethnography and Education, v4 n1 p83-99 Mar 2009
This paper explores the use of an "anti-CV" (anti-Curriculum Vitae), or identity portfolio, as a data collection instrument in research with young people. We analyse four visually based anti-CVs created by participants in a project on youth transitions, exploring their use of symbolism and space to show how these young people reworked public narratives in their crafting of identity at the child-adult border. We use Gillian Rose's framework from 2001 for the analysis of visual material to interpret the portfolios in terms of the context of their production, their content and the audience for their performance. We argue that the anti-CV offered a more participant-led research process than the standard interview, but at the same time led to methodological and ethical complexities: respectively, concerning the significance of the research team as audience for the anti-CVs, and the intrusion into participants' lives that photographs in these portfolios offered. (Contains 4 figures and 6 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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