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.

Community Studies

Community studies are typically carried out by researchers living in a settlementin order to investigate local social networks in the residential area, normally through qualitative methods that treat residents as comprising a cohesive social unit.

Section Outline: Community as a concept. The ethnography of place communities. Three problems of community studies: residence is not community; boundaries; male occupational groups. The survival and development of community studies. Anthropological inputs. Alternatives to ethnography. Living in and studying a community. Selectivity and access. Researchers' illusions about ‘belonging’.

Community studies are an example of research practice associated with a single sociological concept, that of ‘community’. Most commonly, community studies have comprised research into ‘place communities’, i.e. into the social relationships happening in human settlements. The research focus has been ...

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