Research with young children: the use of an affinity group approach to explore the social dynamics of peer culture

Keddie, Amanda (2004) Research with young children: the use of an affinity group approach to explore the social dynamics of peer culture. British Journal of Sociology of Education, 25 1: 35-52. doi:10.1080/0142569032000155926


Author Keddie, Amanda
Title Research with young children: the use of an affinity group approach to explore the social dynamics of peer culture
Journal name British Journal of Sociology of Education   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0142-5692
1465-3346
Publication date 2004-02
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/0142569032000155926
Volume 25
Issue 1
Start page 35
End page 52
Total pages 18
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Abstract This paper describes the research approach of a case study ethnography. The study sought to explore the peer group understandings of five male friends aged between six and eight years. In exploring the social dynamics of peer culture, and in particular how these dynamics interacted to define, regulate and maintain particular understandings of masculinity, the study’s research approach drew on Mackay’s (1993) affinity group method. This method of grouping people of similar interest and engaging them in discussion aims to promote a sense of group cohesion, which encourages the participants to speak with openness about their ideas, interpretations and feelings (Hickey & Fitzclarence, 2000). The intimate and informal context facilitates the identification of shared and contradicting stories, ideas and understandings through clarifications, negotiations and confirmations. Within a description of the study’s methodological framework, this paper outlines how this approach was adopted and modified for young children. The affinity group approach is presented as useful in exploring the social dynamics, relevances, complexities and subtleties of peer culture.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Education Publications
 
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