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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.

Using Existing Qualitative Data
Using Existing Qualitative Data

In the previous chapter, we explored the challenges of negotiating access to settings – real and virtual – which would permit the generation of qualitative data. In this chapter, we take a different view and argue that there is an abundance of qualitative data which can be readily accessed by criminological researchers with only limited negotiation or none at all. Consequently, these data are ripe for analysis by taught undergraduate and postgraduate students that are often working to very tight timescales with limited resources.

Almost ten years ago, Rod Morgan and Mike Hough (2007: 70) commented that ‘[t]he great fortune of the British criminologist is that he or she inhabits a domain in which there is more than ...

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