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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.

Conclusion: Becoming a Qualitative Researcher
Conclusion: Becoming a Qualitative Researcher

Reflecting on the future of their topic of interest is a favourite past time of criminologists. Students of criminology are likely to encounter a multitude of these reflections as they dip into the burgeoning criminological literature. In this short concluding chapter, I will follow in this tradition and look to the future in two different ways. First, I will remind readers of the different research methods available to criminologists and consider new developments. Second, I will argue for a greater focus on the quality of criminological research through reflecting on the criteria which might be used to evaluate qualitative studies. Finally, I will end by offering (I hope!) some brief words of encouragement and wisdom ...

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