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The Practice of Research in Criminology and Criminal Justice

The Practice of Research in Criminology and Criminal Justice

Eighth Edition

March 2023 | 592 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
The Practice of Research in Criminology and Criminal Justice, Eighth Edition continues to demonstrate the vital role research plays in criminal justice by integrating in-depth, real-world case studies with a comprehensive discussion of research methods. By pairing research techniques with practical examples from the field, Ronet D. Bachman and Russell K. Schutt equip students to critically evaluate and confidently conduct research.

The Eighth Edition of this best-selling text covers new methods, such as visual criminology and photo voice, and expanded chapters with new sections on the importance of making sure samples, measurements, and methods are inclusive and sensitive to the diverse nature of our society. The authors refer to contemporary examples throughout, such as the increase in the use of social media, the continuing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, mass participation in social movements including Black Lives Matter, increasing hate crimes across the globe, and increasing incidents of mass shootings in the U.S.

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Chapter 1: Science, Society, and Research
Chapter 2: The Process and Problems of Research
Chapter 3: Ethical Guidelines for Research
Chapter 4: Conceptualization and Measurement
Chapter 5: Sampling
Chapter 6: Causation and Research Design
Chapter 7: Experimental Designs
Chapter 8: Survey Research
Chapter 9: Qualitative Methods: Observing, Participating, and Listening
Chapter 10: Analyzing Content: Research Using Secondary, Historical, and Comparative Data, Content Analysis, and Visual Criminology
Chapter 11: Social Network Analysis Crime Mapping, and Big Data
Chapter 12: Evaluation and Policy Analysis
Chapter 13: Mixing and Comparing Methods
Chapter 14: Analyzing Quantitative Data
Chapter 15: Analyzing Qualitative Data
Chapter 16: Summarizing and Reporting Research


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The digital content on the website for instructors is very helpful. The book is well written and organized with a nice blend of examples and illustrations. I'll most likely adopt this one should I teach another research methods course.

Ms Tianyin Yu
Criminal Justice Dept, University Of New Haven
June 12, 2023

We were notified by the bookstore that copies of the 7th edition would no longer be available for our students. We also acknowledge new content and updated examples in the latest version.

Professor Frank Plunkett
Criminal Justice, Peirce College
March 29, 2024

Ronet D. Bachman

Ronet D. Bachman, PhD, worked as a statistician at the Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S.Department of Justice, before going back to an academic career; she is now a professor in theDepartment of Sociology and Criminal Justice at the University of Delaware. She is coauthorof Statistical Methods for Criminology and Criminal Justice and coeditor of Explaining Criminalsand Crime: Essays in Contemporary Criminal Theory. In addition, she is the author of Death andViolence on the Reservation and coauthor of Stress, Culture, and Aggression; Murder AmericanStyle; and Violence: The Enduring Problem, along with numerous articles and papers that... More About Author

Russell K. Schutt

Russell K. Schutt, PhD, is professor emeritus of sociology at the University of Massachusetts Boston, where he received the 2007 Chancellor’s Award for Distinguished Service and taught from 1979 to 2022. He is also a Clinical Research Scientist I at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and a Lecturer (part-time) in the Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School. He completed his BA, MA, and PhD degrees at the University of Illinois at Chicago and was a postdoctoral fellow in the Sociology of Social Control Training Program at Yale University (where he met Dan). In addition to ten editions of Investigating the Social World: The... More About Author

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ISBN: 9781071857793