Criminological Research for Beginners is a comprehensive and engaging guide to research methods in Criminology. Written specifically for undergraduate students and novice researchers, this book has been designed as a practical guide to planning, conducting, and reporting research in the subject. By first inviting readers to consider the importance of criminological research, the book places related methodology firmly in the context of students' broader study of Criminology, before moving on to provide a detailed guide to the practical processes of research.
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 studies. This book speaks directly to the needs of such students, and includes contemporary examples and case studies that bring a topic that is often thought of as dry to life, providing a thorough and accessible practical guide that students can return to at each stage of their research, all the way through to their dissertation.
This book covers:
an examination of the theoretical, political, and ethical debates in criminological research;
a complete guide to planning criminological research, assisting student researchers in identifying their research questions, choosing their research methods, and critiquing the available literature;
guidance on the practicalities and processes of collecting data,
a discussion of the process of analysing data and writing up research,
Including an extensive glossary and an integrated companion website with extra examples, exercises, and videos to further develop students' understanding, this book is essential reading for any undergraduate on a Criminological Research Methods course, or for anyone in need of practical guidance on any or every of the various stages involved in conducting thorough and effective criminological research.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Number of pages: 246
Weight: 544 g
Dimensions: 235 x 159 x 20 mm
'Laura Caulfield and Jane Hill have grasped the thorny issue of how to inspire and enable first time criminology researchers. They have produced a common-sense, no-nonsense introductory text that removes the fear from embarking on criminological research without losing sight of the need for rigour. Rich in advice, guidance and real-life examples, this will be a welcome resource for novice researchers.' - Rob C. Mawby, Reader in Criminology, University of Leicester
'Accessibly written, coherently organised, and drawing upon examples from undergraduate dissertations to classic social science, this book does what its title promises - and much more. From the politics and ethics of criminological research, through to the reflexive framing and contextualisation of research questions, as well as extended explorations of the practicalities of "doing" such research via a variety of forms of generating qualitative and quantitative data, this text stands alone in its ambition - and its accomplishments.' - Steve Tombs, Professor of Criminology, The Open University
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