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Relinquishing control in focus groups: the use of activities in feminist research with young people to improve moderator performance

Walters, Rosie ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2649-7065 2020. Relinquishing control in focus groups: the use of activities in feminist research with young people to improve moderator performance. Qualitative Research 20 , pp. 361-377. 10.1177/1468794119847633

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Abstract

This article explores the possibility for researchers to embrace the unpredictability of focus groups by using activities as a stimulus for conversation. Reflecting on a recent study with young women in Bristol exploring their perceptions of celebrity feminists, it argues that using writing and drawing activities forces the researcher to relinquish control, and their role as questioner and as expert, to the participants. Furthermore, by analysing the ways in which I frequently became uncomfortable at the consequences of this loss of control, trying to regain it and failing, I argue that the activities forced me to fully commit to the feminist ideals of research that I subscribed to, particularly redressing the hierarchical relationships in research settings. Finally, the article discusses the implications of these findings in feminist research, and the need more broadly to reflect on how methodological decisions impact on researchers’ own performances in focus groups.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Law
Publisher: SAGE
ISSN: 1468-7941
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 28 January 2020
Date of Acceptance: 11 April 2019
Last Modified: 25 May 2024 05:37
URI: https://orca.cardiff.ac.uk/id/eprint/129022

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