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  • Negotiating Children's Social Contexts in Jamaica: Ethics, Practicalities and Research Methodologies

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    Conducting research in contexts of violence requires sensitivity and prudence, particularly when <br/>the study involves children. This article outlines some of the ethical and practical issues that influenced ‘how' researchers worked with chil...

    Moncrieffe, J

    IDS Bulletin, 40(3), 2009.

    Conducting research in contexts of violence requires sensitivity and prudence, particularly when <br/>the study involves children. This article outlines some of the ethical and practical issues that influenced ‘how' researchers worked with children in selected inner-city Jamaican communities. It demonstrates the importance of self-reflection, recognising that researcher's social backgrounds may have much more weight than they acknowledge on the research process and product.
  • Making and Unmaking the Young Shotta [Shooter]: Boundaries and (Counter-)Actions in the "Garrisons"

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    This papercomprises a patchwork ofconversations and life-stories from two of Jamaica’s reputedly violent ‘garrison’ communities. The stories come from a variety of sources, grandparents to the very young; however, the principal focus is on t...

    Moncrieffe, J

    IDS Working Paper 297, 2008.

    This papercomprises a patchwork ofconversations and life-stories from two of Jamaica’s reputedly violent ‘garrison’ communities. The stories come from a variety of sources, grandparents to the very young; however, the principal focus is on the children and, specifically, on how some among them – those labelled as ‘young shottas’ [shooters] are cultivated. Our storytellers expose the effects of deep-rooted economic and social inequalities; the perception that gun violence is a <br/>means to personal liberation and ‘power’, particularly among males; and the concentration of conflict within and across like neighborhoods. There are stories about social conditioning and manhood, the role of families and peers and of how children are forced to grow in contexts where there are little or no opportunities for exit and restricted spaces for change...

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