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.
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.
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