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.

Ethical and Legal Issues

Ethical and legal frameworks for social research 74

Informed consent 77

Confidentiality 81

Copyright 83

Data protection 85

Defamation 85

Conclusion 86

Notes 86

The re-use of data for purposes other than which it was collected - whether this is by the same researchers who were involved in the primary research or by other researchers - raises a number of ethical and legal issues. Should researchers seek and obtain informed consent for secondary research and, if so, when is this best done? How can qualitative ...

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