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Official statistics

Key Terms

  • Secondary data: Data collected by someone other than the user.
  • Social facts: The values, cultural norms and social structure external to the individual. 
  • Quantitative: Produces mass measurable data. 

General strengths

  • They give wider and more representative picture of a situation than an individual sociologist could obtain through primary research.
  • They can be compared though difference periods of history and different places.
  • Quick and easy to obtain. 
  • Free/cheap.
  • They're compiled by experts meaning they're unlikely to have errors.

General weaknesses

  • Comparisons may be difficult because of different ways of categorising items. 
  • Government bias.
  • Methods of gaining early statistics may be unreliable and categories may vary. 
  • They may not be available for some…


Haniffa DorKass


Not all on one page would have been better ;P 

Thanks though great info ^_^

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