Criminological Research: Understanding Qualitative Methods by Lesley Noaks

By Lesley Noaks

Criminological study bargains a accomplished advisor to either the speculation and perform of qualitative criminological examine. via an in depth but concise rationalization, the reader is proven how numerous equipment and ways paintings and the way their results could be interpreted. virtually concentrated all through, the e-book additionally deals optimistic suggestion for college students analysing and writing their learn projects.

The e-book has a flowing narrative and student-friendly constitution which makes it obtainable to scholars. Written by means of specialists within the box, it will likely be a useful source for college kids and researchers, supporting them to adopt potent examine in either criminology and classes in qualitative examine in similar disciplines.

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2001) and the findings also informed a journal article on risk penality (Kemshall and Maguire, 2000). A colleague once used the metaphor of a ‘Trojan horse’ to describe Home Office contracts, implying that more academically interesting questions can be asked at the same time as conducting government research but researchers often feel they need to be secretive about it. Research council funding Criminological research comes largely under the remit of Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

We provide a necessarily brief, and hopefully not too crude, summary of the main political-activist criminologies below. Marx himself wrote little about crime but his theoretical framework has been applied by others to the study of it. qxd 2/17/2004 11:02 AM Page 23 DOING RESEARCH ON CRIME AND JUSTICE 23 is that all social phenomena, including crime, can be explained in terms of each society’s economic relations. In capitalist society, the private ownership of the means of production allows the bourgeoisie to exploit the proletariat, and thus crime can be seen as part of the struggle in which the economically powerless proletariat attempt to cope with the exploitation and poverty imposed on them.

At that time, a growing number of criminologists offered Marxist-inspired analyses of the problem of crime (see for example, Chambliss, 1975). They also went further to suggest that the solution to the crime problem lies in revolution, bringing about major social, economic and political change. Other criminologists were reluctant to adopt a pure form of Marxism, and instead attempted to fuse elements of interactionism with the fundamentals of Marxism. The result was the publication of The New Criminology by Taylor et al.

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