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A not so strange silence: Why qualitative researchers should respond critically to the qualitative data archive

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Travers, MH, A not so strange silence: Why qualitative researchers should respond critically to the qualitative data archive, Australian Journal of Social Issues, 44, (3) pp. 273-289. ISSN 0157-6321 (2009) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2009 Australian Council Social Service Inc

Official URL: http://www.acoss.org.au/policy

DOI: doi:10.1002/j.1839-4655.2009.tb00146.x

Abstract

A driving force behind the establishment of a qualitative data archive in the United Kingdom has been the oral historian, Paul Thompson. He has complained that there is a 'strange silence' among qualitative sociologists on re-analysis, and that many have been reluctant to deposit data. The first part of the paper suggests that the common ethical and practical objections can be overcome in establishing an archive in Australia. However, there is a more serious underlying ideological objection: that archiving promotes and institutionalises a narrow empiricist version of qualitative research. The rest of the paper makes this case by examining teaching materials on a British website, by reviewing Thompson's arguments, and by considering some examples of re-analysis by sociologists. It is argued that qualitative researchers should respond critically, but that it is possible to address and overcome these problems when developing an Australian archive.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Studies in Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Sociological Methodology and Research Methods
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
Author:Travers, MH (Dr Max Travers)
ID Code:64509
Year Published:2009
Web of Science® Times Cited:2
Deposited By:Sociology and Social Work
Deposited On:2010-08-09
Last Modified:2015-02-24
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