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Criminological Research for Beginners A Student's Guide

ISBN-10: 0415509610
ISBN-13: 9780415509619
Edition: 2014
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Book details

Copyright year: 2014
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group
Publication date: 3/31/2014
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 266
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

It is common for criminology undergraduates to feel intimidated at the prospect of conducting their own research and these students typically struggle to see the relevance of research methods to their own study of criminology. This book speaks directly to the needs of such students in criminology, offering a comprehensive and engaging guide to criminological research methods. Readers are invited to consider the importance of criminological research and the book brings methodology alive by placing it firmly in the context of students' broader study of criminology. This is essential reading for all criminology students and covers: An examination of the theoretical, political, and ethical debates in criminological research, A complete guide to planning any criminological research, assisting student researchers in identifying their research questions, choosing their research methods, and critiquing the literature, A thorough guide to the practicalities and processes of collecting data, A discussion of the process of analysing data and writing-up research. This book is also supplemented with a companion website with further examples, exercises, podcasts and videos to meet student's needs. This book is essential reading for undergraduate courses on criminological research methods and is also a useful guide for novice researchers.

The Importance of Criminological Research
Context: power, knowledge, and politics
Significance: the importance of criminological research
Ethics in criminological research
Getting Going with Criminological Research
Planning: Where do research ideas come from?
Critiquing the literature: What do we know already?
The relationship between theories and methods
Preparing for the practical challenges of real-world crime research
Doing Criminological Research: Data Collection
Conducting interviews and focus groups
Ethnography, case studies, and life-history approaches
Questionnaires and surveys
Using secondary data sources
Doing Criminological Research: Analysis and writing-up
Analysing the data: Quantitative analysis
Analysing the data: Qualitative analysis
Analysing the data: Documents, images, and other data
Writing-up criminological research

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