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The Methodologies of Life-Course Criminology
The Methodologies of Life-Course Criminology

Most textbooks on scientific methodology tell us that our choice of method is dependent on the research question we want to answer. The research question, in turn, grows out of the researcher’s interest and the philosophical underpinnings that more or less consciously inform the researcher’s view of reality, science, and truth. That is the case in an ideal situation, where both the researcher and his or her research are completely free and autonomous, independent of any external influences or boundaries.

However, anybody with the slightest experience of conducting research – here, we are mostly concerned with the social sciences – knows that these ideal circumstances are extremely rare to occur (if they ever do). In the ...

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