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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.

Researching with Young People Who are Vulnerable and ‘Difficult to Reach’
Researching with Young People who are Vulnerable and ‘Difficult to Reach’
Kathy Hampson

This chapter is designed to give an insight into the difficulties and ethical considerations which arose when researching a particularly vulnerable and ‘difficult to reach’ participant group, namely young offenders. After outlining the context of my study, I will explain how the research design was shaped by my awareness of working with young offenders, and the ensuing difficulties which arose. Towards the end I have translated the lessons learnt from this fieldwork experience into a list of tips, which might save the novice researcher some time and difficulties. I have also included two case studies illustrating some of the difficulties encountered and ...

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