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.
The extension of secondary analysis to qualitative data raises a number of issues about the compatibility of the methodology with the epistemologi-cal foundations of qualitative research. In this chapter following an overview of the main characteristics of qualitative research I examine three key issues that lie at the heart of the debate ...