Type

Journal Article

Authors

Mark J. Scott
Marcus Collier

Subjects

Education

Topics
smart sustainable planet qualitative methodology peatlands participation qualitative research industrial landscapes focus groups landscape perception social ecological systems peatlands public opinion socio cultural ecosystem services peat mining landscape assessment

Focus group discourses in a mined landscape (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.
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Mark J. Scott, Marcus Collier

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