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Title: Dialogue in Focus Groups
Subtitle: Exploring Socially Shared Knowledge
Written By: Ivana Marková
Per Linell
Michèle Grossen
Anne Salazar Orvig
Series Title: Studies in Language and Communication

In contrast to a vast literature that provides information and guides about
focus groups as a methodological tool, this book is an introduction to
understanding focus groups as analytical means exploring socially shared
knowledge, e.g. social representations of AIDS, biotechnology or democracy,
beliefs and lay explanations of social phenomena. The main emphasis of the
book is to examine how to analyse interaction and ideas expressed in focus
groups. The book considers, first, different kinds of dynamic
interdependencies among participants who hold the diverse and heterogeneous
positions. Second, it explores circulations of ideas and contents in focus
groups. More generally, the book is concerned with:

*language in real social interactions and sense-making, which are embedded
in history and culture
*the ways people draw upon and transform social knowledge when they talk
and think together in dialogue
*the ways people generate heterogeneous meanings in the group dynamics
*communicative activities and genres represented by different kinds of
focus groups

This original approach to understanding focus groups will be of interest to
researchers and advanced students in social sciences, communication
studies, psychology, and language sciences.

Publication Year: 2007
Publisher: Equinox Publishing Ltd
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Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 1845530500
ISBN-13: 9781845530501
Pages: 256
Prices: U.K. £ 16.99

Format: Hardback
ISBN: 1845530497
ISBN-13: 9781845530495
Pages: 256
Prices: U.K. £ 55.00
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 1845530500
ISBN-13: 9781845530501
Pages: 256
Prices: U.S. $ 29.95