Criminal Justice and Criminology Research Methods, Third Edition, is an accessible and engaging text that offers balanced coverage of a full range of contemporary research methods.
Filled with gritty criminal justice and criminology examples including policing, corrections, evaluation research, forensics, feminist studies, juvenile justice, crime theory, and criminal justice theory, this new edition demonstrates how research is relevant to the field and what tools are needed to actually conduct that research. Kraska, Brent, and Neuman write in a pedagogically friendly style yet without sacrificing rigor, offering balanced coverage of qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods. With its exploration of the thinking behind science and its cutting-edge content, the text goes beyond the nuts and bolts to teach students how to competently critique as well as create research-based knowledge.
This book is suitable for undergraduate and early graduate students in US and global Criminology, Criminal Justice, and Justice Studies programs, as well as for senior scholars concerned with incorporating the latest mixed-methods approaches into their research.
Part 1: Disciplinary, Theoretical, and Philosophical Foundations
Chapter 1: Criminal Justice And Criminology Research: Mapping the Terrain
Chapter 2: The Nature of Science and Research
Chapter 3: Philosophical and Theoretical Foundations
Part 2: Considerations in Research Preparation
Chapter 4: The Ethics of Crime and Justice Research
Chapter 5: Research Design and Measurement
Chapter 6: Sampling in Crime and Justice Research
Part Three: Quantitative Data Collection and Analysis
Chapter 7: Experimental and Quasi-Experimental Crime and Justice Research
Chapter 8: Survey and Interview Methods
Chapter 9: Nonreactive Research: Content and Secondary Data Analysis
Chapter 10: Analysis of Quantitative Data
Part Four: Qualitative and Mixed Methods Research
Chapter 11: Qualitative Research and Analysis
Chapter 12: Ethnographic Field Research and Qualitative Interviews
Chapter 13: Content Analysis, Historical Research, and Mixed Methods
Chapter 14: Writing and Presenting Research
"This text gives equal weight to qualitative methods, unusual for criminology and criminal justice methods books. My main concern when teaching methods is guiding students from an abstract idea or question to specific data collection. This book does a nice job of presenting the ideas of research in an abstract way but also providing examples of how it is done in practice."—Heith Copes, Professor of Criminal Justice, University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA
"The text emphasizes not only why research methods are important, but also how methods can structure the way we approach and think about the world and our role in it."--Kevin Steinmetz, Associate Professor of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work, Kansas State University, USA
"Kraska’s textbook is a wonderful methods book. Through the metaphor of lenses (theoretical perspectives), this textbook marries theory and research methods and promotes triangulation and mixed methods, which I find especially important when teaching methods from a critical approach to researching crime and justice."--Edward Green, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, Roosevelt University, USA