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.

Case Study

A case study is a very detailed research enquiry into a single example (of a social process, organisation or collectivity) seen as a social unit in its own right and as a holistic entity.

Section Outline: Case study of a single distinct social unit. An example, not a sample. Advantages of small-scale research designs. Single case dis-proofs. Intrinsic interest. Generalisability. Critical/unique/revelatory cases. Qualitative case study. The boundaries of a case study.

A case study is a detailed study of a single social unit. The social unit is usually located in one physical place, the people making up the social unit being differentiated from others who are not part of it. In short, the unit has clear boundaries which make it easy to identify. It might be ...

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