Documents (qualitative secondary data)

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  • documents (qualitative secondary data)
    • public
      • government reports etc
      • strenghts
        • lots of social life covered
        • plentiful, cheap
        • qualitative, detailed useful for interpretivists
        • easily accessible
      • weaknesses
        • political bias, selective info, bias
        • may not be representative
        • meaning may have changed
    • personal
      • strengths
        • high degree of validity
        • give genuine insight
          • in depth qualitative data useful for interpretivists
        • already available, cheap
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      • weaknesses
        • unrepresentative- only certain groups might produce personal documents
        • invalid- memory might be innaccurate
        • unethical if used without permission
    • historical
      • strenghts
        • may be the only way to study the past
      • weaknesses
        • meaning may have changed
        • difficult to gain
        • documents lost or destroyed/ incomplete
        • difficult to analyse
    • judging the usefulness- john scott
      • authenticity- is it genuine
      • credibility- is it believeable, honest
      • representativness- is it typical of those at the time
      • meaning- do they have the same meanings now


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