Focus group discourses in a mined landscape

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Title: Focus group discourses in a mined landscape
Authors: Collier, Marcus
Scott, Mark J.
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Date: Apr-2010
Abstract: Focus group research is rarely used for examining environmental discourses other than when conflict arises. This study looks at local citizen perceptions in relation to mined (or 'cutaway') industrial peatland landscapes in Ireland, and seeks to shine a light on the opinions of potential actors, and the degree of willingness to participate in after-use strategies, through focus group sessions. Data are analysed using two mechanisms - content and discourse analysis. It is shown that there is a high degree of reflective perceptions on issues of quality of life and the environment with a low level of concern about further use of peatlands as places of employment - a shift from a productive, utilitarian perception to a post-productive, non-utilitarian perception. It is also shown that, when presented with a scenario that sees cutaway peatlands being used for amenity and biodiversity, there are no negative issues and some degree of enthusiasm. This paper will conclude with remarks on focus group methodologies.
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Elsevier
Copyright (published version): 2009 Elsevier Ltd.
Keywords: Focus groupsPeat miningLandscape perceptionParticipationQualitative methodology
Subject LCSH: Focus groups
Peatlands--Public opinion
Landscape assessment
Qualitative research
DOI: 10.1016/j.landusepol.2009.04.001
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy Research Collection

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