Criminological Research

Criminological Research : Understanding Qualitative Methods

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Good research starts with careful planning and a thorough understanding of the research process. The abilities to design a research study and to evaluate those conducted by others are core skills every student of criminology must learn.

With guidance from theoretical considerations through the steps of the research process, this book equips you with the necessary tools to carry out a successful, ethical study.

This is a completely updated new edition, and it features

A new skills-focused chapter on how to evaluate existing qualitative studies and design new ones
Rich examples from real research making the ideas and concepts concrete
New in-depth case studies on fashion counterfeiting, electronic monitoring and youth justice to illustrate the realities of conducting qualitative research
A full discussion of the politics of research, issues of access, ethics and managing risk in the field
Thought-provoking exercises reinforce practical research skills

This book is the perfect guide to theory and practice for any student undertaking qualitative research on crime or criminal justice.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 216 pages
  • 170 x 242 x 15.24mm | 390g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 1446209148
  • 9781446209141
  • 942,889

Table of contents

Part I: Foundations of Qualitative Research in Criminology
1. Qualitative approaches to criminological research
2. The politics of researching crime and justice
3. Ethics in criminological research
Part II: The Research Process
4. Negotiating and sustaining access
5. Using existing qualitative data
6. Interviews and focus groups
7. Ethnography
8. Working with qualitative data: analysis and writing
Part III: Being a Qualitative Researcher
9. Researching women's experiences of electronic monitoring - Ella Holdsworth
10. Using focus groups to explore young people's perceptions of fashion counterfeiting - Joanna Large
11. Research with young people who are vulnerable and 'difficult to reach' - Kathy Hampson
12. Becoming a qualitative researcher
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Review quote

'The second edition of this introductory text explains the practical and theoretical issues in using qualitative methods, with well-chosen examples. The chapter on getting access will inspire a new generation of researchers to conduct fieldwork.' -- Max Travers 'Criminological Research is a must-read for anyone interested in criminological knowledge-generation. Wincup provides a lucid description of how to do qualitative research, and a thoughtful account of the place and contributions of qualitative scholarship in criminology.' -- Jody Miller 'Informed by real-life research challenges and contemporary issues, this new edition of Criminological Research deepens our understanding of both the politics of research and the research process. This is a must-read guide for anyone embarking on qualitative research in the areas of crime and justice.' -- Loraine Gelsthorpe
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About Emma Wincup

I joined the School of Law in 2005 having previously held academic posts at the University of Kent, Cardiff University, University of Wales, Bangor and the University of Cambridge. I also spent a period of time in the late 1990s on secondment to the National Assembly for Wales to refocus their drug policy.

I am currently one of two Deputy Directors of the Centre for Criminal Justice Studies and Programme Manager for the undergraduate degree, BA Criminal Justice and Criminology.
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