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This practical textbook is a valuable supplement for courses in Research Methods and/or Statistics in departments of criminal justice or criminology. The only book of its kind, this text guides students through the process of conducting criminological data analysis.
Chapter 1: Theory, Measurement, and Research Development
Theory, Measurement, and Research Development
Criminal justice research is the detective work of big questions. Whereas a conventional detective tries to find out who committed a specific crime, the criminal justice researcher or criminologist looks for the causes of crime in general. And the logic of criminal justice investigation extends far beyond criminology to include many issues surrounding crime and justice: criminal justice occupations, systems of criminal justice, patterns of crime and correction, juvenile delinquency, the courts, interpersonal violence, mental illness and crime, drug and alcohol use—the list goes on and on.
Many other issues help us understand crime and justice: social class, race, gender, the state of the economy. In fact, anything that is likely to concern you as an individual ...