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.

From Quantitative to Qualitative Secondary Analysis

Developments in data archiving and computing 20

The promotion of data sharing and data retention 22

Potential benefits and problems of re-using data 26

Conclusion 31

Notes 32

The history of secondary analysis may have curbed as well as stimulated its use, since all writers to date have focused on the importance of secondary analysis of survey data … the emphasis on survey data neglects other kinds of data, particularly field data, and hence limits the potential use of secondary analysis. This ...

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