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Criminological Ethnography: An Introduction

Criminological Ethnography: An Introduction

October 2019 | 232 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Featuring a range of fascinating and thought-provoking case studies from the author's extensive experience in the field, this is the first textbook to cover ethnography specific to criminology.

Following the research process in full, Treadwell successfully bridges the gap between a methodological instruction manual and a theoretical textbook. The book:

  • Includes case studies comprised of classic works and the author's own ethnographic projects
  • Provides guidance for navigating key issues in ethnography, including access and researcher safety
  • Helps with the use of ethnographic methods with exercises, questions and checklists
  • Features a range of extra learning features including key terms, a glossary, and further reading suggestions

Criminological Ethnography: An Introduction is a valuable resource for any student embarking on ethnographic research in criminology for the first time.

Part One: Background
Chapter 1: Why ‘Criminological Ethnography’?
Chapter 2: ‘Classic Criminological Ethnography’
Chapter 3: ‘Core Ethnographic Principles and Approaches
Part Two: Preparation and Action
Chapter 4: ‘Planning an Ethnographic Project’
Chapter 5: ‘Doing Ethical Ethnographic Criminology’
Chapter 6: Entering and in the Field
Part Three: The Follow Up
Chapter 7: ‘Writing Criminological Ethnography
Chapter 8: ‘Impactful Criminological Ethnography
Chapter 9: ‘Emerging Perspectives and Future Challenges

At a time when quantitative approaches continue to be preferred in the analysis of 21st Century crime and its control, James Treadwell makes a timely and compelling case for the continuing relevance and explanatory power of ‘Criminological Ethnography’. Written by one of the best Criminological Ethnographers in the business, this text reinvigorates the debate over the role of ethnography in the study of crime and criminal justice and will serve as an invaluable and insightful resource for both novice and seasoned ethnographers of criminological issues.

Anthony Ellis, Lecturer in Sociology and Criminology, University of Salford

‘If the fundamental goal of criminology is to explain why crime occurs – rather than measure where, when and how often it occurs – we need to get out there into the real world and talk to the men, women and children who engage in it. Ethnography is the only research methodology that allows us to explore in detail human perceptions of criminal conduct, and without it our discipline would be much the poorer. In this wonderful book, Treadwell - one of criminology’s most celebrated ethnographers – offers a spirited defence of and a detailed guide to the art of ethnographic fieldwork… a must-read for undergraduate students in the social sciences, postgraduate students about to head out into the field and academics keen investigate the real world.’

Professor Simon Winlow, Head of Criminology, Northumbria University

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