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.

Epistemological Issues

The nature of qualitative research 54

The problem of data ‘fit’ 57

The problem of not having ‘been there’ 60

The problem of verification 65

Conclusion 71

Notes 71

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 ...

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