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.

Indicators and Operationalisations

Indicators, often combined into indices, are indirect empirical representations used to define or refer to concepts when no direct measurement is possible, whereas operationalisations (which include indicators) are the precise definitions of any social phenomena in empirical terms ready for data collection.

Section Outline: Can concepts be directly ‘measured’? Examples of concepts needing operationalisation. Sets of indicators. Examples of simple operationalisations. Selecting indicators: reflecting the concept; covering all its aspects; excluding other concepts; generating appropriate data. Indicators based on availability rather than precision. Examples: social deprivation; class. Theory, concept, indicator, measurement. Qualitative methods' objections to indicator research.

Sociology studies many topics that, by their nature, cannot be directly accessed in research. They can only be researched by means of first establishing some way of ...

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