Skip to main content

Doing Qualitative Secondary Analysis: revisiting young people’s imagined futures in Ray Pahl’s Sheppey Studies

Lyon, Dawn and Crow, Graham (2019) Doing Qualitative Secondary Analysis: revisiting young people’s imagined futures in Ray Pahl’s Sheppey Studies. In: Hughes, Kahryn and Tarrant, Anna, eds. ADVANCES IN QUALITATIVE SECONDARY ANALYSIS. Sage. (Submitted) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided. (Contact us about this Publication)

Abstract

This chapter offers an account of how the authors went about doing qualitative secondary analysis as part of the Living and Working on Sheppey project. The project involved working with material originally collected by Ray Pahl as part of his exploratory research for what became a modern sociological classic, Divisions of Labour (1984). The data we present here is a collection of essays written by school leavers in 1978 imagining their futures as if they were already past. We discuss how we undertook both content and narrative analysis of the essays and we draw on archived notes of Pahl’s preliminary analysis and our own interviews with Pahl about his research process. We further consider how we used the essays as a dataset in its own right, as a basis for replicating the essay-writing exercise in 2010 for comparative analysis, and as a platform for developing and designing a subsequent research project, Imagine Sheppey. In so doing, we critically consider our own practice and offer a practical guide for readers interested in working with existing qualitative data either to generate new analyses and insights or for comparative work.

Item Type: Book section
Uncontrolled keywords: qualitative secondary analysis, Sheppey, Ray Pahl, imagined futures, temporality, methodology
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Medway
Depositing User: Dawn Lyon
Date Deposited: 13 May 2019 19:56 UTC
Last Modified: 03 Jun 2019 09:48 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/73890 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Lyon, Dawn: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8534-2194
  • Depositors only (login required):