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Ethical Research Involving Children

‘But I’ve never been asked!’ Research with children in Pakistan.

Jabeen, T. (2009). ‘But I’ve never been asked!’ Research with children in Pakistan. Children’s Geographies, 7(4), pp. 405-419.

Abstract: This paper provides some comparison and reflections based on the author’s involvement in two children related research studies in Pakistan, one of which was conducted in quantitative while the other in the qualitative-interpretive research tradition. The former might be useful in mapping and quantifying the demographics of certain groups of children and the extent of their problems; it is done from the adult perspective. The latter provided children greater ‘voice and ‘control’ over the research process by giving them the power to fix the terms of the researcher?participant interaction, which, let them express and maintain their individuality, autonomy and privacy in the Pakistani cultural context characterized by rigid hierarchies of age, gender and class among others. Such research ensures children’s rights to form opinions and express them in their preferred form and protect them against exploitation through research processes. (Abstract © Taylor & Francis, reprinted by special permission from Taylor & Francis Group, a division of Informa UK,

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