Doing groups: situating knowledge and creating stories

Andrew McGregor*

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This paper presents group research as a potentially powerful research tool for cultural geographers interested in the ways knowledge is produced at the interpersonal level. I argue that groups can create unique research spaces that incorporate 'sociality', the everyday social norms, logics and languages that guide ordinary conversations, into the research agenda. By concentrating on these discursive norms, insights can be obtained into the ways that knowledge is negotiated, produced and constrained in different places. To demonstrate the value of group research, a case study involving Australian environmentalists is analysed, to show how forests are constructed, contested and naturalised within this particular subculture. The article concludes by emphasising the importance of group research to critical geographers interested in social empowerment and change.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)141-149
Number of pages9
JournalAustralian Geographer
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2004
Externally publishedYes


  • Discussion groups
  • Environmental activists
  • Focus groups
  • Forests
  • Group research
  • Situated knowledge
  • Sociality
  • Storylines


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