Revisiting the archives - opportunities and challenges: a case study from the history of geriatric medicine

Bornat, Joanna; Raghuram, Parvati and Henry, Leroi (2012). Revisiting the archives - opportunities and challenges: a case study from the history of geriatric medicine. Sociological Research Online, 17(2) p. 11.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.5153/sro.2590

Abstract

Using two data sets in parallel, generated at different times by different researchers, the case is made for the re-use of archived qualitative data. Two sets of oral history interviews one, dating from 1990-1, with doctors and others who pioneered the development of the geriatric specialty in the early years of the National Health Service, the other, ESRC funded during 2007-9, with South Asian doctors who came to work in the UK and found work in geriatric medicine, are subjected to parallel investigation. The article argues that by considering the two sets of interviews together, each informs the other, leading to reconceptualisation and unexpected links between the data sets, new research questions and finally suggests additional dimensions to issues relating to the ethics of secondary analysis.

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