1988 volume 20(3) pages 309 – 326

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Burgess J, Limb M, Harrison C M, 1988, "Exploring environmental values through the medium of small groups: 1. Theory and practice" Environment and Planning A 20(3) 309 – 326

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Exploring environmental values through the medium of small groups: 1. Theory and practice

J Burgess, M Limb, C M Harrison

Received 13 April 1987

Abstract. 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.

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