'Re-using' qualitative data: On the merits of an investigative epistemology

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This article is written to accompany and respond to the articles that form the special issue of Sociological Research Online on 'Re-using qualitative data'. It argues that the articles are a welcome contribution, because they help to move the debate beyond moralistic and polarised positions, to demonstrate instead what sociologists can achieve by 're-using' qualitative data. The article argues for an investigative epistemology and investigative practices to guide qualitative data use and 're-use', and suggests that this is particularly important in the current social research climate.
Original languageEnglish
JournalSociological Research Online
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 29 May 2007


  • Investigative epistemology
  • Qualitative research
  • Re-using qualitative data
  • Secondary analysis


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