Secondary data, values and ethics

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secondary data, values and ethics.

secondary data

secondary data is collected by other people, both quantitative and qualitative. it has equal status to primary data.

extraction- taking statistics or examples

content analysis- qualitative for the meanings and themes.

semiotics- the study of signs and symbols via life documents especially. 

advantages

all sociological research starts with a literature search of all previous research.

recostruct something historical

sometimes primary reserach is impossible.

disadvantages

sources are created for a reason which can cause bias.

private organisations are self-interested, life documents are often very one-sided, historical sources are…

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