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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.

Interviews and Focus Groups
Interviews and Focus Groups

This chapter explores the use of interviews which are arguably the method of choice of many qualitative researchers researching criminological topics. Whilst referred to as a method, Arksey and Knight (1999: 3) propose it is more helpful to view interviews as ‘a family of research approaches that have only one thing in common – a conversation between two people in which one person has the role of researcher’. At the same time, we will reflect upon different types of qualitative interviews and their fit with particular theoretical traditions. Much of this chapter has a practical focus since novice researchers are drawn to this method, often because they appear to be deceptively simple to conduct, drawing on the ...

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