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.

Feminist Research

Feminist research is an approach to social research which uses a specific sub-set of methods, and/or makes a particular selection of topics, with the goal of challenging methodologies developed by men, and enhancing the position of women in society.

Section Outline: Feminist research: new methods or new perspectives? Types of feminist research. The feminist project and feminist research. Challenging masculine research: public versus private topics; gender blindness; hierarchy versus collaboration. Are quantitative and qualitative methods gendered? Feminist standpoint theory. Recent shifts to feminist topics, away from feminist research methods.

There has been extensive debate over whether feminist research represents new research methods or a new perspective using a sub-set of pre-existing methods (Hammersley 1992; Reinharz 1992). This is not our major preoccupation here: we have ...

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