GROUP RESEARCH METHODS

An Introduction

Andrea B. Hollingshead

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

Marshall Scott Poole

UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT URBANA-CHAMPAIGN

Because you are reading this introduction, it is likely you need little convincing that groups are a worthwhile topic to study. In fact, this book presupposes that you are already interested in studying groups, and are looking for some guidance or ideas about how to study them.

Defining a “group” is not a simple task, and there is some disagreement among group scholars across disciplines about what constitutes a group. Hence, we take a broad and inclusive view of groups in this volume. We define groups as collectives with more than three people whose members share a common goal or purpose, ...

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