Understanding Small Group Dynamics Through Positioning Theory
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CitationHirvonen. Pasi. (2019). Understanding Small Group Dynamics Through Positioning Theory. Papers on social representations, 28 (1) , 3.1-3.12.
This paper presents positioning theory as an opportunity to approach small group dynamics and small group interaction from a meso-level perspective by considering both the interaction order of small groups and the social structures surrounding the groups. It is argued that although a large amount of research has focused on the analysis of interaction in different small group settings, a relatively minor part of this research has adopted an explicit approach, focusing on small-group-level analysis in addition to discursive analysis. Positioning theory offers an opportunity to approach small group interaction that considers both the interpersonal dynamics and the social structures shaping these dynamics. In addition to presenting some current research in this field, themes related to the theoretical starting points, as well as methodological alternatives, are also discussed.