The process of learning qualitative research has altered dramatically and this Handbook explores the growth, change, and complexity within the topic and looks back over its history to assess the current state of the art, and indicate possible future directions. Moving beyond textbook rehearsals of standard issues, the book examines key methodological debates and conflicts, approaching them in a critical, discursive manner.

Focus Groups as Collaborative Research Performances

Focus groups as collaborative research performances

Making a Case for Focus Groups

Inasmuch as this is a volume about qualitative methods, some readers may expect this chapter to be about how to collect qualitative data through focus groups. This is true to an extent, but stopping there would keep us from recognizing the tremendous value we see in using focus groups as a broader research approach both to build up and frame the knowledge and insights we carry forward from the act of research. We have developed an enthusiasm for the potential of focus groups as sites of two-way communication and cooperative knowledge formation, and as a research method useful to interrogate the multiple meanings that people attribute to relationships and ...

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