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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.

Ethics in Criminological Research
Ethics in Criminological Research

Conducting research which is ethical is always important, regardless of the subject matter or the disciplinary orientation of researchers; yet given the nature of criminological research ethical issues are brought to the fore. In recent years there has been a growth of theoretical interest in research ethics (for example, specialist journals such as Research Ethics which criminologists have contributed to – see the further reading section at the end of this chapter). This has led to a proliferation of publications which we draw upon in this chapter.

In this chapter, our aim is to explore two dimensions of ethical criminological research. The first relates to the ethical governance of criminological research and the policies and procedures in place ...

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