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Societies 2012, 2(3), 210-221; doi:10.3390/soc2030210
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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

Received: 29 June 2012; in revised form: 4 September 2012 / Accepted: 6 September 2012 / Published: 17 September 2012
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Exemplars in Social Research)
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Abstract: 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.
Keywords: third party presence; the triad; Georg Simmel third party presence; the triad; Georg Simmel
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Low, J. 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. Societies 2012, 2, 210-221.

AMA Style

Low J. 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. Societies. 2012; 2(3):210-221.

Chicago/Turabian Style

Low, Jacqueline. 2012. "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." Societies 2, no. 3: 210-221.

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