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Creative Methods and Youth Research in the Ghanaian Context: Lessons and Tensions

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This case study draws on research experiences from my PhD study on sexuality and youth cultures at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom as well as various international and national youth-centered research projects on which I have collaborated since completing my PhD studies in 2010. I have collaborated in research projects with some UK based institutions on different aspects of youth, sexuality, and HIV/AIDS studies. These include, first, the African Sexual Knowledges and AIDS research project (ASKAIDS) carried out between 2010 and 2012 under the leadership of the Centre for Commonwealth Education of the University of Cambridge’s Faculty of Education in six African countries. Second, the case is informed by a 3-year collaborative project between the Department of Sociological Studies of the University of Sheffield and the University of Cape Coast on gender and sexual identity acquisition and violence among children and young people in Ghana. These projects which were qualitative in orientation with multiple research methods designs have exposed me to innovative research methods such as drawings, essays or write ups, photovoice, and recently body-mapping in research. This methods case study explores some of the tensions experienced and resultant lessons learned from applying such novel and unfamiliar research methods in the Ghanaian context. It also shares the prospects and challenges derived from employing such methods in oral and communal societies for research purposes.

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