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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.

The Politics of Researching Crime and Justice
The Politics of Researching Crime and Justice

Our starting point for this chapter is that all forms of criminological research are inherently bound up with wider political contexts that, ultimately, shape the research process. Most criminological researchers are willing to acknowledge, sometimes reluctantly, the inevitability that their research can never be free from political influences. An unwillingness relates to the desire of some criminologists, arguably those who adopt methods more closely aligned to the natural sciences, to maintain that their research is objective.

In this chapter, we begin by exploring the different meanings attached to the term ‘political’. We then move on to offer a brief account of the increasing politicisation of research on crime and criminal justice (particularly ...

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