A Tale of Two Analyses: The Use of Archived Qualitative Data

Haynes, Jo and Jones, Demelza ORCID: 0000-0002-5985-1972 (2012) A Tale of Two Analyses: The Use of Archived Qualitative Data. Sociological Research Online, 17 (2). pp. 1-9. ISSN 1360-7804

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Abstract

This article provides a unique contribution to the debates about archived qualitative data by drawing on two uses of the same data - British Migrants in Spain: the Extent and Nature of Social Integration, 2003-2005 - by Jones (2009) and Oliver and O'reilly (2010), both of which utilise Bourdieu's concepts analytically and produce broadly similar findings. We argue that whilst the insights and experiences of those researchers directly involved in data collection are important resources for developing contextual knowledge used in data analysis, other kinds of critical distance can also facilitate credible data use. We therefore challenge the assumption that the idiosyncratic relationship between context, reflexivity and interpretation limits the future use of data. Moreover, regardless of the complex genealogy of the data itself, given the number of contingencies shaping the qualitative research process and thus the potential for partial or inaccurate interpretation, contextual familiarity need not be privileged over other aspects of qualitative praxis such as sustained theoretical insight, sociological imagination and methodological rigour.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Secondary analysis; Research methodology; Class; British migration; Bourdieu
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Natural & Social Sciences > Social Sciences
Research Priority Areas: Environmental Dynamics & Governance
Depositing User: Demelza Jones
Date Deposited: 20 Sep 2018 12:45
Last Modified: 20 Sep 2018 12:45
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/5968

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