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Criminological Ethnography: An Introduction
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Criminological Ethnography: An Introduction



November 2019 | 232 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

"Written by one of the best Criminological Ethnographers in the business, this text will serve as an invaluable and insightful resource for both novice and seasoned ethnographers of criminological issues." - Anthony Ellis, University of Salford

In the first textbook to cover ethnography specific to criminology, James Treadwell guides readers through the ethnographic
research process in full, starting with a background to criminological ethnography, through planning and doing an ethnographic project, and finally, the writing up and reporting stage.

The book provides guidance for navigating key issues in ethnography, including access and researcher safety, and supports readers when carrying out their project with helpful exercises, questions and checklists. It also includes insightful case studies comprised of classic works and the author's own ethnographic projects, along with a range of extra learning features including key terms, a glossary, and further reading suggestions.

A valuable resource for anyone embarking on ethnographic research in criminology for the first time.


 
Part One: Background
 
Chapter 1: Why ‘Criminological Ethnography’?
 
Chapter 2: ‘Classic Criminological Ethnography’
 
Chapter 3: ‘Core Ethnographic Principles and Approaches
 
Part Two: Preparation and Action
 
Chapter 4: ‘Planning an Ethnographic Project’
 
Chapter 5: ‘Doing Ethical Ethnographic Criminology’
 
Chapter 6: Entering and in the Field
 
Part Three: The Follow Up
 
Chapter 7: ‘Writing Criminological Ethnography
 
Chapter 8: ‘Impactful Criminological Ethnography
 
Chapter 9: ‘Emerging Perspectives and Future Challenges

At a time when quantitative approaches continue to be preferred in the analysis of 21st Century crime and its control, James Treadwell makes a timely and compelling case for the continuing relevance and explanatory power of ‘Criminological Ethnography’. Written by one of the best Criminological Ethnographers in the business, this text reinvigorates the debate over the role of ethnography in the study of crime and criminal justice and will serve as an invaluable and insightful resource for both novice and seasoned ethnographers of criminological issues.

Anthony Ellis, Lecturer in Sociology and Criminology, University of Salford

‘If the fundamental goal of criminology is to explain why crime occurs – rather than measure where, when and how often it occurs – we need to get out there into the real world and talk to the men, women and children who engage in it. Ethnography is the only research methodology that allows us to explore in detail human perceptions of criminal conduct, and without it our discipline would be much the poorer. In this wonderful book, Treadwell - one of criminology’s most celebrated ethnographers – offers a spirited defence of and a detailed guide to the art of ethnographic fieldwork… a must-read for undergraduate students in the social sciences, postgraduate students about to head out into the field and academics keen investigate the real world.’

Professor Simon Winlow, Head of Criminology, Northumbria University

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