9th Conference European Sociological Association

RN20 Qualitative Methods

2009-09-05 13:30:00 2009-09-05 15:00:00 Saturday, 5 September 13:30 - 15:00 Designing QR - Data Archiving and Secondary Analysys Building II, B2.01

Qualitative Secondary Analysis and Re-using the Original Research Data set of the British Sociological Classic

This study presents some findings by re-analysing the original research data set of the British sociological classic which is 'Isle of Sheppey Studies in R.E.Pahl Collections' in the UK Data Archive at the University of Essex. Ray Pahl is known internationally for his outstanding research on the community, family and labor in the context of de-industrialization, including his Isle of Sheppey studies in the 1970s-80s which was the ESRC-funded study written up by as ?Divisions of Labour? (Blackwell 1984). The main theme of Isle of Sheppey Studies was making clear the polarization process of poor families. I re-studied his original qualitative data by means of secondary analysis.
This research focuses on the original transcripts of the extended family of the poor household. I present how I made the research design for secondary analysis. I combined the theme of secondary analysis with the original theme. I found some factors for polarization process which original researchers did not mention; family factor( family identity, working-style of ethnic minority family), cultural factor(rough-respectable norm, reproduction of the culture of poverty), and personal factor (heath problem).
And I found the importance of the atypical case for develop the research interest of original researchers by following up the research process of Isle of Sheppey Studies.
This study will be one of useful cases of secondary analysis and re-using the data set of classic studies.