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Tensions and potentials of involving young people in discourse analysis: An example from a study on sexual consent

Jones, Saskia, Milnes, Kate and Turner-Moore, Tamara (2021) Tensions and potentials of involving young people in discourse analysis: An example from a study on sexual consent. Qualitative Research in Psychology, 19 (4). pp. 891-916. ISSN 1478-0887

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Involving participants/intended audiences in discourse analysis may help to avoid overemphasising the structural effects of discourse and silencing participant voice (Saukko, 2008; Thompson, Rickett & Day, 2018). Yet, involving participants in complex analytic processes effectively can prove difficult (Franks, 2011; Nind, 2011). In this study, the authors undertook a Foucauldian discourse analysis of sexual consent material within eight (predominantly UK) wide-ranging, youth-focused campaigns to identify the discourses relevant to sexual consent and produce a collage for each discourse. Then, 43 young people from West Yorkshire, UK, helped to identify the underlying messages in the collages (i.e. the discourses), and consider who was constructed as powerful, and who benefited and ‘lost out’ from these messages. This paper explores the benefits and challenges of involving young people in a discourse analysis in this way, and concludes that, a “both/and” approach should be employed to acknowledge both young people’s perspectives and the academic researcher’s desire to retain a critical stance toward problematic discourses.

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Additional Information: “This is an Accepted Manuscript version of the following article, accepted for publication in Qualitative Research in Psychology. It is deposited under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License (, which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, and is not altered, transformed, or built upon in any way.”
Faculty: School of Life Sciences and Education > Psychology and Counselling
Depositing User: Saskia JONES
Date Deposited: 12 Jul 2021 08:46
Last Modified: 12 Apr 2023 08:26

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