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Doing Criminological Research

Doing Criminological Research

Second Edition
Edited by:

© 2011 | 392 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

The new edition of this bestselling textbook brings criminological research alive for students. It introduces the processes and practicalities of preparing, doing, experiencing and reflecting upon criminological research.

The success of the First Edition has been its ability to contextualize research accessibly within real-life examples of crime, criminology and criminal justice– doing interviews with offenders in prison, undertaking evaluation on crime related projects, using questionnaires to measure fear. Its strength continues to lie in its ability to span the process of doing criminological research, helping students to understand the journey of the researcher.

New to the Second Edition:

  • A revised, 3-part structure, designed around the three core elements of a research project (preparing, doing and reflecting on criminological research)
  • New chapters on: 

            o Doing a literature review
            o Doing crime analysis
            o Ethnographic research
            o Using the internet and visual material in research
            o Crime and social divisions
            o The ethics of criminological research

  • All other chapters fully revised and updated

The book is also now fully equipped with student support features, including chapter overviews and conclusions, study questions, further reading and a glossary. It is essential reading for students and researchers in criminology and criminal justice.

Pamela Davies and Peter Francis
Pamela Davies and Peter Francis
Peter Francis
Planning Criminological Research
Pamela Davies
Formulating Criminological Research Questions
Natasha Semmens
Methodological Approaches to Criminological Research
Alison Wakefield
Undertaking a Criminological Literature Review
Pamela Davies and Peter Francis
Alex Hirschfield
Mapping and Using Crime Data in Criminological Research
Jo Deakin and Jon Spencer
Sensitive Survey Research: An Oxymoron?
Pamela Davies
Doing Interviews in Prison
Robert Macdonald
'Essentially Barbarians'? Researching the 'Youth Underclass'
Faye Cosgrove and Peter Francis
Ethnographic Research in the Context of Policing
Rob C Mawby
Using the Media to Understand Crime and Criminal Justice
Yvonne Jewkes
The Media and Criminological Research
David Wall and Matthew Williams
Using the Internet to Research Crime and Justice
Pamela Davies and Peter Francis
Azrini Wahidin and Dr Linda Moore
Ethics and Criminological Research
Gordon Hughes
The Politics of Criminological Research
Barbara Hudson
Critical Reflection as Research Methodology

'Just what students need. A reliable, practical and sensible guide to research methods as applied to criminological questions' - Professor Tim Newburn, London School of Economics

'An indispensable guide for anyone conducting or evaluating research in criminology' - Professor Julian V. Roberts, University of Oxford

'This revised and updated collection deals comprehensively with major issues in contemporary criminological research. It is an essential resource for all criminology students and researchers' - Emeritus Professor Hazel Croall, Glasgow Caledonian University

This book provides interesting and provocative commentaries on facilitating criminological research.

Dr Michael Richards
Faculty of Health & Social Care, Edge Hill University
May 7, 2016

Covers a number of the issues that we address on the module. Specifically tailored to criminological research.

Dr Angela Julie Sorsby
School of Law, Sheffield University
July 6, 2015

Although this book is a reasonable price, it only covers some of the areas the course looks into, which is why I have recommended it to my students as supplementary reading.

Miss Emily Loftus
Sport, Public Services, Travel and Tourism, South Essex College
March 26, 2015

This book is insightful, helpful and is structured very well, which allow students to find information relating to whatever research method they want to learn more about in an efficient and easily accessible fashion. This book also helps students' knowledge pertaining to methodology and the different methodological paradigms involved when learning about criminological research, such as interactionism and positivism.

Mr Aliraza Javaid
School of Social, Psychological & Comm, Leeds Beckett University
March 4, 2015

I find this book extremely useful for undergraduate students who have to write a dissertation or a research proposal as part of their degree. The language used and the presentation are comprehensible and easy to follow.

Mr Marian Buhociu
Criminology, Univ. of South Wales
July 16, 2014

This has become the 'go to' book for aspiring criminological researchers as they work through research methods in year 2 leading to a dissertation in year 3. Fully explains a range of research methods in the field of criminology and is recommended reading for all undergraduates in years 2 & 3

Mr Ashley Tiffen
Institute of Policing and Criminal Justice Studies, University of Cumbria
April 8, 2014

This is a good book for dissertation students to refer to when doing their research.

Ms Allison Savory
Department of Social Sciences, Bucks New University
March 18, 2014

This book has been adopted as recommended reading. It is particularly useful for teaching research methods as it combines practical chapters which students can use to actually conduct their work but also contains a number of well chosen examples of criminological research in practice which helps to show students the potential of criminological research methods.

Dr Maryse Tennant
Department of Law and Criminal Justice, Canterbury Christ Church University
February 26, 2014

This is an excellent book for any students studying criminology research methods, or engaged in research. I would also recommend it for more generally for criminology students to improve their knowledge of the subject area.

Mr Michael Rees
Business and Social Science, University of Wales
January 13, 2014
  • 12 new chapters
  • Revised three-part structure designed around the core elements of a research project
  • New student support features including chapter key points, summaries, study questions/activities and resources, further reading, and a comprehensive glossary

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