Review: Lesley Noaks & Emma Wincup (2004). Criminological Research—Understanding Qualitative Methods / Mark R. Pogrebin (Ed.) (2003). Qualitative Approaches to Criminal Justice—Perspectives from the Field

  • Nicole Westmarland University of Bristol
Keywords: qualitative research, ethics, fieldwork, crime, criminology

Abstract

This review essay provides a brief intro­duction to the use of qualitative methods in crimi­nological research, before moving on to describe the content of the two books. The books are quite different in a number of ways. NOAKS and WIN­CUP take the "how to do it" approach, making the book very useful for students and researchers new to qualitative methods. In contrast, POGREBIN's edited collection provides a large number of "how it has been done" examples with an equal focus on the findings as on the methodological approach. Although both books devote space to ethical di­lemmas, the nature of the dilemmas and how they are resolved varies. This is probably due to the age of some of the chapters within POGREBIN's book (all are reprints and date back to 1973) but may also reflect different ethical stances in the USA and UK. URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs0503130

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Author Biography

Nicole Westmarland, University of Bristol
Nicole WESTMARLAND is a Research Associate in the area of gender and violence at the School for Policy Studies, University of Bristol. Her main areas of research are domestic violence, rape and prostitution. In a previous issue Nicole WESTMARLAND has reviewed "Gender Issues in Ethnography" (http://www.qualitative-research.net/fqs-texte/2-01/2-01review-westmarland-e.htm) and written an article entitled "The Quantitative/Qualitative Debate and Feminist Research: A Subjective View of Objectivity" (http://www.qualitative-research.net/fqs-texte/1-01/1-01westmarland-e.htm).
Published
2005-09-30
How to Cite
Westmarland, N. (2005). Review: Lesley Noaks & Emma Wincup (2004). Criminological Research—Understanding Qualitative Methods / Mark R. Pogrebin (Ed.) (2003). Qualitative Approaches to Criminal Justice—Perspectives from the Field. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 6(3). https://doi.org/10.17169/fqs-6.3.47