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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 Focus Groups to Explore Young People’s Perceptions of Fashion Counterfeiting
Using Focus Groups to Explore Young People’s Perceptions of Fashion Counterfeiting
Joanna Large

This chapter is based on an empirical doctoral research project that sought to develop a criminological understanding of the consumption of fashion counterfeit goods (Large, 2011). The broader aim of that research was to deconstruct counterfeiting in terms of the various cultural, legal, social and economic conceptualisations of it that were in existence. The research took a mixed methods approach which involved a quantitative survey and a series of qualitative interviews and focus groups with consumers. The idea behind the research was to contextualise fashion counterfeiting within the broader literature about consumption and fashion and begin to develop a more thorough knowledge ...

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