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A New Era in Focus Group Research

Challenges, Innovation and Practice

Editors: S. Barbour, Rosaline, L. Morgan, David (Eds.)

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  • Illuminates the challenges and possibilities involved in designing, carrying out and utilizing focus group research
  • Provides a comprehensive blend of focus group methods, innovations and theories 
  • Recognizes the tensions between different research traditions, disciplinary emphases and funding climates
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This volume provides a critical approach to using focus groups, examining how focus groups have been utilized to research a diverse set of research questions covering a broad spectrum of substantive fields. The collection acknowledges the tensions between different research traditions, disciplinary emphases, funding climates, cultural, political, and ethical contexts, and the ever-changing policy backdrop. Contributors to this book encourage researchers to question and surmount disciplinary and terminological labels and disputes in order to capitalize on the full potential of focus groups, to illuminate the complex collaborative processes involved in forming, debating, contesting, and revising opinions; making decisions; and forging identities. 

The four sections that comprise this collection address, respectively, using focus groups in novel contexts; employing focus groups in mixed methods research designs; innovations in generating focus group data; and new theoretical developments. 

A New Era in Focus Group Research will be of interest to students and scholars across disciplines as well as focus group practitioners outside of academia. 

About the authors

Rosaline S. Barbour is a medical sociologist and is Emerita Professor at the Open University, UK. She runs a company offering bespoke workshops and training sessions on qualitative research methods.

David L. Morgan is Professor of Sociology at Portland State University, USA. He is widely known for his work on focus groups and has worked extensively on mixed methods.

Reviews

“This book is a cutting-edge contribution that every researcher should have.” (Kathy Charmaz, Sonoma State University, USA)

“This valuable collection of case studies [...] will help readers to identify the opportunities, and the challenges, that focus groups present and to assess when, where and how the method can most productively be used.” (Robert Dingwall, Consulting Sociologist, UK)

Table of contents (19 chapters)

Table of contents (19 chapters)

Buy this book

eBook £79.50
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-58614-8
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover £99.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-58613-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
A New Era in Focus Group Research
Book Subtitle
Challenges, Innovation and Practice
Editors
  • Rosaline S. Barbour
  • David L. Morgan
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-58614-8
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-58614-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-58613-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 433
Number of Illustrations
10 b/w illustrations
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