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Criminological Research

Criminological Research
Understanding Qualitative Methods

Second Edition

March 2017 | 216 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

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.

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

‘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
Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge

'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
Rutgers University

'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
University of Tasmania

Good overview of the various qualitative methods. Easy to read for undergraduate students. Recommended to those students exploring qualitative methods on their assignments.

Miss Cristiana Viana Cardoso
Division of Criminology, Birmingham City University
September 5, 2018

This book demonstrates the contribution that research methods can make to an understanding of Criminology - a link that many students find difficult to make. The chapter on using existing qualitative data is a particularly helpful one.

Jamie Harding
Department of Social Sciences, Northumbria University
June 21, 2017

An interesting read and this book will be placed on our reading list. Students can use this book as a guide for completing their research modules. This book gives an in-depth overview around qualitative research which is important for the methodology section.

Mrs Chrissie Draper
Educational Psychology, Derby College
April 28, 2017

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