Social Research Glossary


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Citation reference: Harvey, L., 2012-20, Social Research Glossary, Quality Research International,

This is a dynamic glossary and the author would welcome any e-mail suggestions for additions or amendments. Page updated 19 December, 2019 , © Lee Harvey 2012–2020.


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core definition

Analysis is the resolution of a thesis into its component concepts and interrelationships in order to reveal the nature and structure of the thesis (or argument) being proposed.

explanatory context

Analysis rarely rests at this point as it usually involves some kind of assessment of the adequacy of the concepts and structures used in the thesis. This leads on to, and merges with, criticism.

analytical review

associated issues


related areas

See also



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