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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.

Negotiating and Sustaining Access
Negotiating and Sustaining Access

One of the key issues likely to confront qualitative researchers as soon as they begin to consider collecting data for their project is access, since all empirical social research involves gaining access to data. Depending on the topic they select, qualitative researchers may need to negotiate access to documents (which may or may not be in the public domain), individuals, social groups or institutions. Access issues are not just problems which need to be solved at the beginning of a project but are also a continuing concern throughout the process of data collection. For these reasons, good researchers should be alert to potential problems at the outset and should ‘adopt a reasoned, planned and modest strategy’ (Blaxter ...

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