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.

Unobtrusive Methods and Triangulation

Unobtrusive methods, which extract data from physical sources, or from groups and individuals without them being aware that data are being extracted or modifying their behaviour because they know they are being studied, are often used in multi-method triangulation as alternative data sources against which research findings on a particular topic can be cross-checked.

Section Outline: ‘Non-reactive methods’. Addition to survey research, not replacement. Multi-method approaches. Triangulation and its forms. Methodological pluralism. ‘Less reactive methods’. Physical records. Field notes, secondary analysis and psychological experiments not really unobtrusive. Examples of clever indirect methods. Participant observation. Issues of ethical practice. Reporting unobtrusiveness.

Unobtrusive methods is the collective term for ways of gathering data without intruding into the lives of the people being studied. Their advantage ...

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