Introduction: Qualitative Research in Criminology

Michael Meuser, Gabi Löschper


This paper begins with a brief overview of research traditions that paved the way for qualitative methods in criminological research (labeling approach and critical criminology). In addition, it outlines recent trends in qualitative criminology. The potentials and the limits of a perspective of "understanding from within" ("Verstehen") on deviance and social control are discussed. The contributions to the volume—examples of qualitative criminological research from German speaking countries—are introduced in reference to some current trends of conceptual and methodological discussions in criminology.
URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs0201129


deviance; social control; crime; labeling approach; sociology of knowledge


Copyright (c) 2002 Michael Meuser, Gabi Löschper

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