An overview of a mobile focus group method for investigating space and place

Clark, AJ 2018, 'An overview of a mobile focus group method for investigating space and place' , Sage Research Methods Cases, 2 .

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Abstract

This case study outlines the development and implementation of a mobile-focus group technique. Ostensibly, this is a blending of various aspects of conventional focus group and mobile interview methods. The case study was developed as one of a suite of methods used to evaluate a series of national-level interventions to promote the active inclusion and participation of young people in the quasi-formal development, and day-to-day activities in, a variety of deprived, predominantly urban, neighbourhoods in the UK. The method involved a group of young people leading researchers (and evaluators) on a guided tour of their neighbourhood. From the outset, the aim is to place participants in charge of where to go, and where not to go, and what to reveal and (perhaps) what to keep hidden. So, the young people adopt the role of local tour guides or experts, ‘showing’ their neighbourhood to an ‘interested stranger’. The case study outlines the rationale for developing the approach, presents a step-by-step account of how the approach was deployed, and details of practical considerations and challenges researchers may face when using the approach. The case study concludes by considering how the mobile and interactional dimensions of the method might recreate authentic ways in which local places are produced and experienced.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society > Centre for Applied Research in Health, Welfare and Policy
Journal or Publication Title: Sage Research Methods Cases
Publisher: Sage
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Funders: Groundworks
Depositing User: AJ Clark
Date Deposited: 19 Feb 2018 11:45
Last Modified: 19 Feb 2018 15:54
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/45248

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