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.

Grounded Theory

Grounded theory seeks to build systematic theoretical statements inductively from coding and analysing observational data, by developing and refining conceptual categories which are then tested and re-tested in further data collection.

Section Outline: Correct use of ‘grounded theory’ as a rigorous method. Combining induction with deduction. Elaborating pre-existing understandings. Testing emerging concepts. Stages in grounded theory. Open sampling and coding. Axial coding. Relational and variational sampling. Testing and re-testing concepts. Selective and discriminate sampling. Theoretical saturation.

Grounded theory is one of the more widely used, and abused, current research methods. It involves a precise and systematic set of methods, but inexperienced researchers frequently invoke it when what they really mean is that they believe (quite sensibly) that theoretical knowledge should be based on the social ...

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