Extended Reading

The following list of journal articles and books provide extended reading on topics covered in chapter 22 in the second edition. Please note that journal articles are free to access, whereas book extracts (denoted by methods.sagepub.com URLs) require your university to have a subscription to SAGE Research Methods.

Farnsworth, J., & Boon, B. (2010). Analysing group dynamics within the focus group. Qualitative Research, 10(5), 605-624.
This article explores group dynamics within focus groups with participants primarily living in poverty. It raises questions about the emphasis of focus groups and how relational dynamics within focus groups may change the topic or emphasis. It also considers interaction and dynamics that run parallel with the information gathering aspect of the focus group itself.

Fern, E. F. (2001). Advanced focus group research. London: Sage.
This book has both a conceptual and methodological approach to focus groups and provides a framework to evaluate focus group research projects. There are chapters on conceptual matters; composition and characteristics of focus groups; moderator roles and group context influences; issues in the running of groups; planning and reporting focus group research. The book is advanced as it aims to address some of the more complex issues arising from focus group research within a theoretical context rather than just being a ‘how to’ text.

Hollander, J. A. (2004). The social contexts of focus groups. Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, 33(5), 602-637.
This article concentrates its discussion on the multiple contexts that influence focus groups, using data from focus groups involving the effects of violence on everyday life. The contexts considered are associational (the things participants have in common), status (gender in particular), conversational (speech silences especially) and relational (the degree of prior acquaintance of the group).