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Understanding Criminological Research

Understanding Criminological Research
A Guide to Data Analysis

November 2012 | 264 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Criminological research lies at the heart of criminological theory, influences social policy development, as well as informs criminal justice practice. The ability to collect, analyze 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 analyze criminological data.

Key Features:

  • Guidance on how to identify a research topic and question, design a research study, account for the role of the researcher within the research process, as well as write up and present research findings

  • A thorough account of the development of qualitative and quantitative research methodologies within the emergence of criminology as an academic discipline; including experimental research design, survey research, qualitative approaches and mixed methods
  • Detailed coverage of different forms of qualitative and quantitative data analysis used by criminologists and other social scientists; including grounded theory, narrative analysis, discourse analysis, as well as descriptive and inferential statistics
  • Relevant and up-to-date case studies, drawn from internationally published criminological research sources, to illustrate how to conduct different types of data analysis
  • Clear and accessible chapter content supported by helpful introductions, concise summaries, self-study questions and suggestions for further reading


An Autobiographical Introduction
Getting Started: Focusing on Deskwork
Qualitative and Quantitative Fieldwork Strategies
Grounded Theory Analysis
Narrative Analysis
Discourse Analysis
Univariate Analysis
Bivariate Analysis
Deskwork Revisited: Writing a Project Report

I will be recommending this to our postgraduate researchers in the department

Dr Stephanie Bennett
Institute of Criminal Justice Studies, Portsmouth University
January 29, 2013

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1

John M. Chamberlain

Dr John Martyn Chamberlain is a Medical Criminologist at Southampton University. His academic background covers criminology, law, bioethics and medical sociology. His primary research interests include the study of medical malpractice, negligence and criminality, as well as the role played by specialist forms of medical and health-care expertise in the identification and governance of 'troublesome' social groups, including the unwell, the deviant, and the criminally insane. Drawing on this background, he has written widely on medical-legal developments in the regulation and discipline of doctors, as well as contemporary developments in... More About Author

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