Reading groups are one of the success stories of the age. Newspapers are writing about them; celebrities are forming them. There are more than 50,000 people in reading groups in the UK (and this is nothing compared to the numbers in America). They take place in libraries, businesses, bookshops, pubs, hospitals, community centres, but, above all, in the home. Friendships are formed. People argue and sometimes the discussion can lead to people swapping views that they would never share inother circumstances. But is the Reading Group really such a new phenomenon? How do they choose and use books? What kinds of social protocols and rituals do they observe and what do they mean? Why are men less likely to be members? Why do some groups work while others fail? Jenny Hartley surveyed over 330 Reading Groups to find the truth behind this modern phenomenon. Answers are provided in this lively book, full of anecdotes and comments from members. It is both an important contributionto the sociology of group discussion and an excellent 'how to' manual, incorporating lots of useful extra information about resources and lists of the top books chosen.
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Jenny Hartley has conducted a survey of 350 reading groups in the UK, and here she gives a full and detailed report of her findings. Tables of statistics analyse the characteristics of the groups ... Read full review
What is a Reading Group?
Who Belongs to Reading Groups?
How Groups Choose and What They Read
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