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Secondary Sources

Primary data ­ data produced by researchers using methods such as questionnaires, interviews and
observation. Primary data is new data that did not exist before the research began.
Secondary data There is a vast range of existing information which is available for sociological research.
It includes letters, diaries,…

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Are official statistics politically biased?
Does the actual construction of statistics reflect government interests? Are they shaped to present the
government of the day in a favourable light? The following evidence suggests that in some cases this
might happen.
According to the Labour Party, Conservative governments changed the method used…

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Critics accept that formal content analysis can often effectively measure simple straightforward aspects
of content. However, they argue that it says little about the meaning of a document, either in terms of its
meaning to the audience or the meaning the producer intends to communicate.


Thematic analysis
This approach looks…

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of society. And this requires researchers to discover the meanings people give to those documents &
the understandings they draw from them. To do this they must `ask the audience'.
Historical Documents
For studying the past, historical documents are often the major and sometimes the only source of
information. Max…

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wngono

Great summary of secondary sources which is clear and comprehensive.

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