Based on children’s and young people’s stories and on theories of medical anthropology/sociology, childhood sociology and STS, science and technology studies, I examine how children and young people negotiate public discourses on health and wellbeing. It concerns an interest for complex social processes – to identify social and cultural ideas, and how children and young people interpret and change the meanings of activities, assumptions and norms.
In my research I use ethnographic methods such as participant observations, video observations, individual interviews, group interviews, video diary with elicitation interviews and document studies. The motive for working with ethnographic methods is that everyday life makes material/structural conditions and human strategies understandable. The carrying out of an ethnographic fieldwork is based on the researcher’s curiosity and interest in learning something new. In my research I have been working with ethnographic methods among families in the rural area in north-eastern South Africa and in orthodontic clinics and schools in Sweden.