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Re-use of life atories in an ethnomethodological research


Konopasek, Zdenek; Kusa, Zuzana


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Abstract In the Czech Republic and Slovakia, the age of life history archives with a wider access for the social scientists is only coming. However, secondary analysis of qualitative data is not limited to documents that are stored in public archives. It happens quite often that researchers make use of an interview transcript, or a part of it, which has originally been gathered for a different occasion. Thus, they use these data for studying new topics that are sometimes far from the original research questions and objectives. In this paper we discuss some methodological problems arising from such practice. We show that, on one hand, the ethnomethodological perspective is especially demanding on the quality and the pinpoint accuracy of transcripts and the descriptions of the interviews by which the narratives were elicited (field memos). On the other hand, however, the ethnomethodological perspective orients scholars to formulate their research objectives according to what the data itself offers. The methodological problems related to the reuse of data can hardly be resolved in advance and on a general level.
Thesaurusschlagwörter ethnomethodology; interview; data; secondary analysis; biography
Klassifikation Sozialgeschichte, historische Sozialforschung
Methode Theoriebildung
Sprache Dokument Englisch
Publikationsjahr 2005
Seitenangabe S. 54-72
Zeitschriftentitel Historical Social Research, 30 (2005) 1
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.12759/hsr.30.2005.1.54-72
ISSN 0172-6404
Status Veröffentlichungsversion; begutachtet (peer reviewed)
Lizenz Creative Commons - Namensnennung, Nicht-kommerz.