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A critical discussion of the use of film in participatory research projects with homeless young people: an analysis based on case examples from England and Canada

Roy, Alastair and Kennelly, Jacqueline and Rowley, Harriet and Larkins, Cath (2020) A critical discussion of the use of film in participatory research projects with homeless young people: an analysis based on case examples from England and Canada. Qualitative Research. p. 146879412096537. ISSN 1468-7941

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<jats:p> The focus of this paper is on the complex and sometimes contradictory effects of generating films with and about young people who have experienced homelessness, through participatory research. Drawing on two projects – one in Ottawa, Canada, and the other in Manchester, UK – we scrutinise two key aspects of participatory research projects that use film: first, how to appropriately communicate the complexity of already-stigmatised lives to different publics, and second, which publics we prioritise, and how this shapes the stories that are told. Through a theoretical framework that combines Pierre Bourdieu’s account of authorised language with Arthur Frank’s socio-narratology, we analyse the potential for generating justice versus reproducing symbolic violence through participatory research and film with homeless young people. In particular, we scrutinise the distinct role played by what we are calling first, second and third publics – each with their own level of distance and relationship to the participatory research process. </jats:p>

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