Working with group-level data in phenomenological research: a modified visual matrix method

Langdridge, Darren; Gabb, Jacqui and Lawson, Jamie (2018). Working with group-level data in phenomenological research: a modified visual matrix method. Qualitative Research in Psychology (Early Access).

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/14780887.2018.1499838

Abstract

A common criticism of phenomenological methods has been that there is singular focus on individual experience at the cost of broader group level phenomena. In contrast, psychoanalytically informed psychosocial methods have continued to develop novel ways of exploring group level material. A notable recent methodology is the visual matrix method (Froggett, Manley & Roy, 2014), which is an innovative methodological development that draws on ideas from social dreaming (Lawrence, 2003, 2005). In this article, we describe the development and application of a group level existential-phenomenological method, inspired by the visual matrix method. In collaboration with a filmmaker we produced a film series designed to engage the public with research findings on ‘enduring love’. The viewing experience was explored using a modified version of the visual matrix method. We discuss the value of this methodological development for research within the phenomenological tradition as well as potential tensions.

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