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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.

It was not adopted since too few students expressed an interest in doing secondary qualitative analysis for their thesis

Dr Sandhiya Goolaup
Academy of Textile, Engineering and Business, University of Borås
September 13, 2021

This is an excellent book and very instructive on the history of QSA, the resources that can be accessed to obtain secondary data, and the best practices involved in using QSA in research. I particularly enjoyed the chapter on using quantitative data in QSA for its broad approach. While the text was not adopted, it has been recommended to colleagues in the field of qualitative and mixed methods research, where in the current climate, qualitative secondary data is fast becoming a prominent and much needed research method.

Mr Graham Burvill
Social Statistics, Manchester University
September 19, 2021

Chapters from this book (2,4,6) will make the core reading for PGT unit ( An introduction to social science research). The reasons are:
1. Relevance to the content I wish to cover in the sessions
2. Being a recent resource
3. Being able to offer students further information by referring them to only one resource (rather than chapters from different books or different articles)

Dr Fereshte Goshtasbpour
Department of Languages, Manchester Metropolitan University
March 8, 2020

very useable guide to carrying out analysis on a wide variety of data sets, practical advice given, and enough depth on rationales and theories underlying the methods.

Miss Lynda Fitzwater
Marketing, University for the Creative Arts
October 10, 2020

Put on the reading list for students

Mrs Deborah Sproston-Bewley
Department of Forensic and Crime Science, Staffordshire University
March 9, 2020

An engaging text with some very interesting material.

Dr Steve Hothersall
Faculty of Health & Social Care, Edge Hill University
August 27, 2020

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