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Developing Focus Group Research : Politics, Theory and Practice - Rosaline S. Barbour

Developing Focus Group Research

Politics, Theory and Practice

By: Rosaline S. Barbour (Editor), Jenny Kitzinger (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 1st December 1998
ISBN: 9780761955672
Number Of Pages: 240

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This book critically examines the potential of, and suggests ways forward in, harnessing a versatile and powerful method of research - focus groups. The book challenges some of the emerging orthodoxies and presents accessible, insightful and reflective discussions about the issues around focus group work.



The contributors, an impressive group of experienced researchers from a range of disciplines and traditions, discuss different ways of designing, conducting and analyzing focus group research. They examine sampling strategies; the implications of combining focus groups with other methods; accessing views of `minority' groups; their contribution to participatory or feminist research; use of software packages; discourse analysis; and the epistemological and political underpinnings of research.

`If you are considering focus group methodology in your own research this will provide you with a good starting point taking you through the epistemological and political issues of such research in process' - European Journal of Communication

Introduction
The Challenge and Promise of Focus Groups
The Impact of Context on Data
Combining Focus Groups and Interviews
Telling How it Is; Telling How it Feels
Are Focus Groups Suitable for 'Sensitive' Topics?
How Useful Are Focus Groups in Feminist Research?
Do Focus Groups Facilitate Meaningful Participation in Social Research?
How Useful Are Focus Groups for Obtaining the Views of Minority Groups?
Are Focus Groups an Appropriate Tool for Studying Organizational Change?
Can Focus Groups Access Community Views?
Some Issues Arising in the Systematic Analysis of Focus Group Materials
The Analytical Potential of 'Sensitive Moments' in Focus Group Discussions
Can Focus Groups Be Analyzed as Talk?
Theorizing Subjects and Subject Matter in Focus Group Research
Afterword
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ISBN: 9780761955672
ISBN-10: 0761955674
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 1st December 1998
Publisher: SAGE Publications Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.77 x 17.15  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.48