•Deadly Desires •Comments •Questions •An overview of the readings
Setting the stage: Growing concern about youth, especially young men, and how they spend their leisure time i.e., drinking, smoking, doing drugs, hanging out, nuisance The media attention and piecemeal policy responses reflect the “moral panic” that surrounds these young people and their behaviour Much of the literature published focuses on individual “high risk” behaviours as the problem Vs. a more contextualized understanding of the complexities of this specific youth culture and the place of their health-relevant behaviours within the matrix of their activities and associated meanings
These researchers wanted to understand the meanings and motivations of the young people on the streets Allows them to gain insight into the diverse, shifting, and value-laden contexts in which the youths’ health-related behaviour occurs They demonstrate important links between their street culture and their health i.e., includes the role of immediate and broader socio-economic and psychological factors
•Part of a larger mixed methods (qualitative + quantitative) project that followed 106 male youth from the completion of high school into post-secondary •They narrowed their focus for subsequent analysis to the issue of leisure time •Hanging out is when they were most likely to smoke, drink, and experiment with drugs
•Ethnography: literally, it means “a description of a people or ethnic group”•It also refers to the descriptions that we write of people we study, which are called ethnographies (when published as books) •Our fieldwork is also referred to as ethnography
The researcher joins the group and spends a significant amount of time observing their interactions and participating in as many domains of social life as possible Male youth worker conducted 70hr. Of fieldwork, mainly on Friday and Saturday nites Street corners, outside chip shops, bus shelters, public transport, free-houses, raves
There’s never a clear-cut way to gain access to the fieldsite and relevant population The role of intimidation, allegations, feeling uncomfortable, sticking out It’s always a good idea to start slow and let people get used to your presence Mixture of curiosity, possible hostility, and “the intrigue factor”Ethical concerns...