Utilising social network research in the qualitative exploration of gamblers’ social relationships

Dobbie, F., Reith, G. and McConville, S. (2018) Utilising social network research in the qualitative exploration of gamblers’ social relationships. Qualitative Research, 18(2), pp. 207-223. (doi: 10.1177/1468794117710323)

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Social Network Analysis (SNA) is often criticised for being too quantitative in focus and network scientists have commented on a lack of engagement from qualitative researchers. This article will contribute to these debates by critically reflecting on a qualitative study of gambling where social network research methods were adapted and applied to narrative interviews. Egocentric sociograms (maps of participant social networks, using a name generation question and concentric circles) were created for 23 participants. These sociograms were used as an interactive tool, with the addition of coloured dots, to stimulate discussion and so generate rich narrative and visual data on the impacts of gambling behaviour on participants’ wider social networks. This approach represents an extension to existing SNA methods that has not previously been utilised.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Reith, Professor Gerda
Authors: Dobbie, F., Reith, G., and McConville, S.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Sociology Anthropology and Applied Social Sciences
Journal Name:Qualitative Research
ISSN (Online):1741-3109
Published Online:17 May 2017
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2017 The Authors
First Published:First published in Qualitative Research 18(2):207-223
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
515651Understanding gambling: impacts across the lifecourse and social networksGerda ReithEconomic and Social Research Council (ESRC)ES/H006273/1SPS - SOCIOLOGY