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.

Visual Methods

Visual methods coverall uses of images, with or without accompanying words, such as photographs, video, film, television, or hand-drawn artwork, whether pre-existing or generated as part of the research process, as data for social research purposes.

Section Outline: Reluctance to use visual methods. Visual illiteracy. Film as complex of lived encounters. Pre-existing images; elicitation images; visual records; visual reports. Video for ecological validation. Issues of ethical practice. Selectivity and distortion. Reactivity to the camera. Technical competence with the camera. Making and editing a video. Photography and artwork as elicitation devices. Interpretation and the researcher's constructed version of reality.

Apart from social anthropology's films of exotic customs, the social sciences have always been disciplines that deal in words and numbers. Little use has been made of ...

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