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.


Ethnography is the production of highly detailed accounts of how people in a social setting lead their lives, based on systematic and long-term observation of, and conversations with, informants.

Section Outline: Anthropological origins of ethnography. The Chicago School: direct experience versus book learning. British documentaries. From description to interpretation. Detailed accounts of prolonged, systematic, first-hand encounters. Reflexivity. Natural occurrences, seen in context. Learning participant observation. Gaining access to different groups.

Ethnography began in the early twentieth century when social anthropology first directly studied societies other than their own. Given the dominance of evolutionary thinking in that period, tribal societies were seen as surviving examples of how humans had lived before advanced technology. Anthropologists documented already disappearing lifestyles, as systems of cultural beliefs, detailed daily practices and ...

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