Working at a Remove: Continuous, Collective, and Configurative Research Engagement through Qualitative Secondary Analysis
journal contributionposted on 08.09.2021, 14:49 by Kahryn Hughes, Jason Hughes, Anna Tarrant
In this paper, we define and operationalise three modes of research engagement facilitated by qualitative secondary analysis (QSA). We characterise these forms of engagement as continuous, collective and configurative. Continuous QSA involves modes of engagement that centre on asking new questions of existing datasets to (re)apprehend empirical evidence, and develop continuous samples in ways that principally leverage epistemic distance. Collective QSA characteristically involves generating dialogue between members of different research teams to establish comparisons and linkages across studies, and formulate new analytic directions harnessing relational distance. Configurative QSA refers to how data are brought into conversation with broader sources of theory and evidence, typically in ways which exploit greater temporal distance. In relation to each mode of engagement we discuss how processes of both (re)contextualisation and (re)connection offer opportunities for new analytical engagement through different combinations and degrees of proximity to, and distance from, the formative contexts of data production.