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Qualitative Secondary Analysis

Qualitative Secondary Analysis

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December 2019 | 240 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

A comprehensive guide to carrying out Qualitative Secondary Analysis (QSA) that brings together expert advice and professional insight from leading researchers who have developed innovative theories and methods of QSA.


Exploring crucial components of research and analysis—such as where to find resources, how to search within a resource, and working with both paper archives and non-textual data—each chapter offers insightful case studies, links to further reading and applied helpful hints and tips to help effectively apply these innovations to further the reader’s own research.


A must read for Social Science students, early career researchers and researchers new to the field of QSA, this text will help readers through every aspect of a research process using QSA, from application to implications.

Chapter 1: An Introduction to Qualitative Secondary Analysis – Kahryn Hughes and Anna Tarrant
Chapter 2: Qualitative Secondary Analysis: Working Across Datasets – Sarah Irwin
Chapter 3: The Ethics of Qualitative Secondary Analysis – Kahryn Hughes and Anna Tarrant
Chapter 4: Documents of Lives and Times: Revisiting Qualitative Data through Time – Bren Neale
Chapter 5: Search Strategies: Analytic Searching Across Multiple Datasets and Within Combined Sources – Rosalind Edwards, Susie Weller, Lynn Jamieson and Emma Davidson
Chapter 6: Collective Qualitative Secondary Analysis and Data Sharing: Strategies, Insights and Challenges – Anna Tarrant and Kahryn Hughes
Chapter 7: Qualitative Secondary Analysis in Teaching – Maureen Haaker
Chapter 8: Looking Back, Looking Forward: Working with Archived Oral History Interviews – Joanna Bornat
Chapter 9: Doing Qualitative Secondary Analysis: Revisiting Young People’s Imagined Futures in Ray Pahl’s Sheppey Studies – Dawn Lyon and Graham Crow
Chapter 10: Imagination and the Analytical Potential of Working with Non-Interview or Unusual Data – John Goodwin and Henrietta O’Connor
Chapter 11: Using Quantitative Data in Qualitative Secondary Analysis – Jane Gray and Ruth Geraghty

'Practical, sensible and timely guide, inspiring teachers, researchers and students to work creatively with the wealth of archived qualitative data now freely available to us'.

Rachel Thomson, Professor of Childhood and Youth Studies, University of Sussex

Rachel Thomson
Professor of Childhood and Youth Studies, University of Sussex

This book confirms the standing of QSA securely within the mainstream of social science methods.  It provides detailed chapters based on recent research using QSA, such as longitudinal QSA , nuanced comparative analysis, and blending existing with newly generated qualitative data.   Fundamental ethical challenges that arise when repurposing data (e.g., the absence of explicit consent for reuse) are reviewed, and possible ways forward proposed. Instructors in need of a clear, accessible introduction to QSA for use in a methodology course will be well satisfied.

Dr Libby Bishop is the Coordinator for International Data Infrastructures in the Data Archive at GESIS-Leibniz Institute for Social Sciences.

Dr Libby Bishop
oordinator for International Data Infrastructures in the Data Archive at GESIS-Leibniz Institute for Social Sciences.

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Kahryn Hughes

Dr. Kahryn Hughes is Associate Professor in Sociology at the University of Leeds. She has received Economic and Social Research Council funding for several of their flagship methodological programmes, including the Research Methods Programme, and Timescapes. Her research over the past fifteen years has primarily aimed at methods for innovation and development. Her current research interests relate to three overlapping areas: the sociology of health inequalities, sociological theory, and research methodology. More specifically, she is interested in: addiction, poverty, time, relationality and identity. More About Author

Anna Tarrant

Anna Tarrant is Associate Professor in Sociology at the University of Lincoln. Her research interests include men and masculinities, family life, and methodological developments in qualitative longitudinal methodologies and qualitative secondary analysis. She previously worked at the University of Leeds where she began the Leverhulme Trust funded study, “Men, Poverty and Lifetimes of Care” (2014–2018), which explores the care responsibilities of men living on a low income from a lifecourse perspective. Affiliated to Following Young Fathers, this project led to another funded impact project called “Responding to Young Fathers in a Different... More About Author

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