Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance Seminar

A Q study in waiting: three hunting discourses

Mon 16 March 2015Speaker: Ms Lucy Parry, University of SheffieldVenue: Fishbowl, Building 24, University of Canberra

Abstract

Here I present some tentative findings from my pilot Q study which aims to map out the current discourses that exist around the hunting of wild mammals in the UK. I first provide an overview of Q methodology, before going on to outline how I approached the study. I will then present some initial interpretation of three anti-hunting discourses and return to my original aim of the study - to understand how animals are represented in hunting discourses and to understand the role of scientific knowledge in people's evaluation of hunting - and query whether it is possible to achieve these or even desirable in the context of Q. Relevant to this is the 'Q community's' particular approach to using the method which can pose challenges to researchers. Finally, I will ask the audience to inspect my Q statements and there will be an opportunity to participate in a Q sort for those who are interested. As this research is still in the developmental stages, feedback  is most welcome and as such I advance an informal, discussion style seminar.

Bio

Lucy Parry is a PhD Student from the University of Sheffield, and is here to take part in the Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance’s Summer School. Lucy will be here for slightly over 2 months, and to read more about her research topic and research interests please click on this link:

 http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/politics/research/phd/lucy-parry

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