Exploring environmental values through the medium of small groups. Part one: theory and practice

Melanie Limb, Carolyn M. Harrison*, Jacquelin Burgess

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Empirical qualitative research is gaining recognition within social and humanistic geography, although the ‘small group’ is not yet recognised as a valuable research technique. In this paper we review the use of once-only group interviews in social and market research, and then discuss the principles of Group-analytic psychotherapy as a way of conducting in-depth small groups. By means of a discussion of the Greenwich Open-Space Project, we explore the methodological issues involved in conducting in-depth small groups with local people, discuss the interpretive strategies which can be used to handle large amounts of linguistic data, and present the major findings from the project.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)309-326
JournalEnvironment and Planning A
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 1988
Externally publishedYes


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