Crime and Social Control as Fields of Qualitative Research in the Social Sciences


  • Gabi Löschper Universität Hamburg



crime as social construction, 'Verstehen', second code of the criminal justice system, ethnography, ethnomethodology, discourse analysis, narrative analysis


Crime and social control are fields of qualitative research in the social sciences, where behavior is not inherently deviant or criminal, but rather, deviance is a matter of interpretation and judgment. "Crime" is constructed and negotiated in social discourses and processes of social interaction in and with institutions of social control. Therefore only qualitative inquiries of "crime" make sense. This paper reports examples of qualitative studies (from ethnography, hermeneutical sociology of knowledge, ethnomethodology/conversation analysis, discourse analysis and narrative analysis) especially of deviant subcultures, reporting conflicts to the police, police inquiries and interrogations and criminal court procedures. URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs000195


Download data is not yet available.

Author Biography

Gabi Löschper, Universität Hamburg

Gabi LÖSCHPER ( teaches criminology in the postgraduate program of the University of Hamburg. Main research fields: legal psychology (esp. criminal justice system and court procedures), social construction of reality, violence, narrative analysis.



How to Cite

Löschper, G. (2000). Crime and Social Control as Fields of Qualitative Research in the Social Sciences. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 1(1).