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    Explaining Macro-Social Change with Archived Data: Reading against the Grain

    Gray, Jane (2019) Explaining Macro-Social Change with Archived Data: Reading against the Grain. Przegląd Socjologii Jakościowej (Qualitative Sociology Review), 15 (1). pp. 14-31. ISSN 1733-8069

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    This article examines some of the opportunities and challenges associated with using archived quali-tative data to explain macro-social change through a biographical lens. Using examples from a recent research project on family change in Ireland, I show how working across qualitative datasets provid-ed opportunities for generating new explanations of social change by ‘reading against the grain’ of established social science narratives and tracing innovation in social practices. I also discuss some of the methodological challenges associated with working across datasets and how we addressed them in the study.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: Cite as: Gray, Jane. 2019. “Explaining Macro-Social Change with Archived Data: Reading against the Grain.” Przegląd Socjologii Jakościowej 15(1):14-31. Retrieved Month, Year ( DOI:
    Keywords: social change; qualitative longitudinal data; secondary analysis; families; Ireland;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology
    Item ID: 10740
    Identification Number: 0.18778/1733-8069.15.1.02
    Depositing User: Jane Gray
    Date Deposited: 23 Apr 2019 14:21
    Journal or Publication Title: Przegląd Socjologii Jakościowej (Qualitative Sociology Review)
    Publisher: Faculty of Economics and Sociology of the University of Lodz
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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