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Transformed Landscape: Culture and Visual Imagery in a Town Built on Coal, 1997

Title details

SN: 4895
Title: Transformed Landscape: Culture and Visual Imagery in a Town Built on Coal, 1997
Depositor: Byrne,D.S., University of Durham. Department of Sociology and Social Policy
Principal investigator(s): Byrne,D.S., University of Durham. Department of Sociology and Social Policy
Sponsor(s): Economic and Social Research Council
Grant number: R000221969

Subject Categories

Community and urban studies - Society and culture
General - Employment and labour
Historical geography - History
Unemployment - Employment and labour


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This project's objective was to test the value of images as stimuli for discussion in focus groups. Conventionally, the stimuli are verbal points put by the researcher - this means that the traditional focus group works somewhat like a semi-structured interview in which the researcher has a set of topics to work through in an interview with a single individual. Here, the researchers wanted to proceed more on the lines of an unstructured interview in which a topic is established and the development of the discussion is directed by the person being interviewed. A subsidiary objective was to explore the meaning of the decline of coal mining to the people of South Shields. There was a particular concern with what they felt about the remaining visible signs of the industry. It is in this sense that the researchers were interested in the cultural impact of the 'transformed landscape'.

Main Topics:
Coal mining; coal miners; colliery closures; industrial closures; landscape; social change; interviews (research); qualitative analysis; social science research; research methods.

Coverage, universe, methodology

Time period: 1997
Dates of fieldwork: 1997
Country: United Kingdom
Geography: South Shields
Tyne and Wear
Spatial units: Districts (Non-metropolitan)
Observation units: Groups
Kind of data: Textual data
Individual (micro) level
Focus group recordings
Focus group transcripts.
Universe: Subnational
Men and women living in South Shields, Tyne and Wear.
Time dimensions: Cross-sectional (one-time) study
Sampling procedures: Purposive selection/case studies
Number of units: 12
Method of data collection: Audio recording
Focus group
Weighting: Not applicable

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Administrative and access information

Date of release:
First edition: 14 March 2005
Copyright: Copyright University of Durham Library, Archives and Special Collections
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