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Understanding Criminological Research: A Guide to Data Analysis (Hardback)
  • Understanding Criminological Research: A Guide to Data Analysis (Hardback)

Understanding Criminological Research: A Guide to Data Analysis (Hardback)

Hardback 264 Pages / Published: 30/11/2012
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Criminological research lies at the heart of criminological theory, influences social policy development, as well as informs criminal justice practice. The ability to collect, analyse and present empirical data is a core skill every student of criminology must learn.

Written as an engaging step-by-step guide and illustrated by detailed case studies, this book guides the reader in how to analyse criminological data. Key features of the book include:

o Guidance on how to identify a research topic, designing a research study, accounting for the role of the researcher and writing up and presenting research findings.

o A thorough account of the development of qualitative and quantitative research methodologies and data analysis within the field of criminology.

o Relevant and up-to-date case studies, drawn from internationally published criminological research sources.

o Clear and accessible chapter content supported by helpful introductions, concise summaries, self-study questions and suggestions for further reading.

Understanding Criminological Research: A Guide to Data Analysis in invaluable reading for both undergraduate and postgraduate students in criminology and criminal justice.

Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd
ISBN: 9781446208571
Number of pages: 264
Dimensions: 242 x 170 mm

'Clearly written and tightly focused on the nuts and bolts of managing the research process, Chamberlain's book will become an invaluable guide for students at all levels of undergraduate and postgraduate study - and is very likely to grace the bookshelves of many staff members, too'
Martin O'Brien
Reader, School of Education and Social Science, University of Central Lancashire

'John Martyn Chamberlain has written an excellent introductory text that will be useful to lecturers, undergraduates, postgraduates and practitioners involved in understanding and conducting criminological research. Rooted in his own biographical connection to and aspirations for criminology as well as reflective practice Chamberlain engages the reader in a journey from identifying research topics and questions through strategies for conducting and analysing to writing up. This book is a 'must buy' for the broadest possible readership'
Professor Maggie O'Neill
Durham University

'An accessible and engaging introduction to undertaking criminological research using quantitative and qualitative methods, this book will both support and reassure students facing the sometimes daunting task of doing their own research project'
Karenza Moore
Lecturer in Criminology, Lancaster University

'Provides a thorough, clear and precise step-by-step guide for 'doing the business' of criminological research. Carefully balanced between qualitative and quantitative approaches, amply supported by examples and exercises, this book is an invaluable resource for students of criminology at all levels'
Professor Majid Yar
University of Hull

Amongst the multitude of books being published about research, this book centres on developing the ability to collect, analyse and present empirical data. This is a core skill for students and this book provides a guide through the process in a way that is both interesting and insightful. [...] So the book is useful to the academic who is selecting recommended reading for their research modules. But beyond this, the book ultimately sets the student a challenge to understand the world for themselves, in a structured, thoughtful and analytical way that takes them away from ordinary, common sense assumptions and opinions, into the realm of research and analysis. -- Helen Jones

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