Group discussion on the role of social media

The group discussion in communication science

Handbook of Non-Standardized Methods in Communication Science pp 1-14 | Cite as

  • Corinna Lüthje
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Group discussion is the umbrella term for methods of questioning several people at the same time. Group discussion methods differ firstly according to the degree of standardization or openness and secondly according to the object of investigation, which is either the individual in the group or the group itself open group discussion presented in the documentary method. Finally, possible applications in memory research are discussed.


Group discussion Focus Group documentary method historical reception research Memory archeology
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute for Communication StudiesTU DresdenDresdenGermany