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Conflict or Concert? Extending the Simmelian Triad to Account for Positive Third Party Presence in Face-to-Face Interviews with People Living with Parkinson’s Disease

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  • Jacqueline Low

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    (Department of Sociology, University of New Brunswick, PO Box 4400, Fredericton, New Brunswick, E3B 5A3, Canada)

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    A number of sociologists and other researchers have focused on the role of third parties since Simmel’s seminal conceptualization of the social organization of the triad. However, less attention has been given to third party presence in qualitative interviews, despite the fact that third party participation in interviews with people with chronic illness and/or disability occurs frequently. Here too it is assumed that third party presence promotes conflict, ignoring the role of third parties as facilitators who enable informants to articulate their perspectives. Therefore, I focus on Simmel’s concept of the triad, concluding that the role of facilitator must be added to the types he describes.

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    Volume (Year): 2 (2012)
    Issue (Month): 3 (September)
    Pages: 210-221

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    Keywords: third party presence; the triad; Georg Simmel;

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    1. Booth, Tim & Booth, Wendy, 1994. "The use of depth interviewing with vulnerable subjects: Lessons from a research study of parents with learning difficulties," Social Science & Medicine, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 39(3), pages 415-424, August.
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