Understanding Qualitative Methods
- Emma Wincup - Joseph Rowntree Foundation, UK
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.
‘Informed by real-life research challenges and contemporary issues, this new edition of Criminological Research deepens our understanding of both the politics of research and the research process. This is a must-read guide for anyone embarking on qualitative research in the areas of crime and justice.’
'Criminological Research is a must-read for anyone interested in criminological knowledge-generation. Wincup provides a lucid description of how to do qualitative research, and a thoughtful account of the place and contributions of qualitative scholarship in criminology.'
'The second edition of this introductory text explains the practical and theoretical issues in using qualitative methods, with well-chosen examples. The chapter on getting access will inspire a new generation of researchers to conduct fieldwork.'
Good overview of the various qualitative methods. Easy to read for undergraduate students. Recommended to those students exploring qualitative methods on their assignments.
This book demonstrates the contribution that research methods can make to an understanding of Criminology - a link that many students find difficult to make. The chapter on using existing qualitative data is a particularly helpful one.
An interesting read and this book will be placed on our reading list. Students can use this book as a guide for completing their research modules. This book gives an in-depth overview around qualitative research which is important for the methodology section.
Sample Materials & Chapters
Criminological Research - Chapter 1