Published in 1999, this text brings together detailed reflexive accounts of authors’ experiences of conducting research on a variety of criminological topics. The broad aim of the book is to critically review how qualitative methods can be effectively deployed in the area of criminology. The conclusions reached in the text are diverse, reflecting the range of qualitative methods considered and the particular criminological topics to which they are applied. A common theme throughout is that whilst qualitative research can help to provide valid and meaningful information on criminological issues, researchers need to carefully reflect upon both the methodological and ethical dimensions of their work. The book will appeal to those who wish to understand the experience of conducting qualitative research on aspects of crime and criminal justice. This will include undergraduate and postgraduate students undertaking research for the first time, as well as experienced researchers and teachers.
This book was originally published as part of the Cardiff Papers in Qualitative Research series edited by Paul Atkinson, Sara Delamont and Amanda Coffey. The series publishes original sociological research that reflects the tradition of qualitative and ethnographic inquiry developed at Cardiff. The series includes monographs reporting on empirical research, edited collections focussing on particular themes, and texts discussing methodological developments and issues.
Table of Contents
Introduction, Brookman, Noaks, Wincup. Part I: The Process of Criminalization. 1. The Public Order Act 1936 and the Greenshirt Movement for Social Credit, Drakeford. 2. Investigating a ‘Criminal’ Public Sphere: Reflexivity, Law and Class Struggle, Roberts. 3. Accessing and Analyzing Police Murder Files, Brookman. 4. Social Constructions of Violence Against the Police, Levi, Noaks. 5. Accessing a Demonized Subculture: Studying Drug Use and Violence Among Bodybuilders, Monaghan. 6. ‘Rape from Afar’: Men Exposing to Women and Children, Beck. Part II: Responses to Crime and Criminal Activity. 7. Researching Women Awaiting Trial: Dilemmas of Feminist Ethnography, Wincup. 8. Oral History and the Cultures of the Police, Cockcroft. 9. Cops for Hire: Methodological Issues in Researching Private Policing, Noaks. 10. Organized Crime in Mexico, Gomez-Cespedes. 11. The Social Construction of Fraud, Trust, Abuse and the Private Victim, Pithouse.