What is qualitative secondary analysis? How can it be most effectively applied in social research? This timely and accomplished book offers readers a well informed, reliable guide to all aspects of qualitative secondary analysis. The book: Defines secondary analysis. Distinguishes between quantitative and qualitative secondary analysis. Maps the main types of qualitative secondary analysis. Covers the key ethical and legal issues. Offers a practical guide to effective research. Sets the agenda for future developments in the subject. Written by an experienced researcher and teacher with a background in sociology, the book is a comprehensive and invaluable introduction to this growing field of social research.

Ethical Practice

Ethical practice is a moral stance that involves conducting research to achieve not just high professional standards of technical procedures, but also respect and protection for the people actively consenting to be studied.

Section Outline: Ethical practice as key moral and professional stance. Honesty and confidence in ‘scientific’ knowledge. Pressure to cut corners. Falsification of evidence. Funding agencies: who controls the findings? Obligations to informants. The BSA Statement of Ethical Practice. Informed consent; anonymity; protection from harm. Consent and covert research. Unobtrusive observation versus collaborative working with informants. Ethics as principles that try to cover practical dilemmas.

Ethical practice is not an add-on to social research but lies at its very heart. Ethical conduct provides the basis which legitimates the whole enterprise; it permeates research design ...

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