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Qualitative methods in international and comparative criminology


Travers, M, Qualitative methods in international and comparative criminology, Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Oxford University Press, HN Pontell (ed), New York ISBN 9780190264079 (2020) [Research Book Chapter]

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DOI: doi:10.1093/acrefore/9780190264079.013.547


Although the field of international criminology has mostly employed quantitative methods to test universal theories, there is a growing recognition of the potential value of qualitative methods in understanding crime and criminal justice in a globalizing world. The difficulties in developing this field are partly practical and financial. It is difficult visiting different countries and overcoming language barriers. But there are also conceptual challenges. Criminology generally is only just starting to understand and engage with the distinction between quantitative and qualitative research methods and to discover the wide range of qualitative methods employed in interdisciplinary fields, such as education, health, environmental, media, and management studies, and to recognize that theories are important in this field.

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:comparison, international, criminal justice, research methods, criminological theory, international crime
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Criminology
Research Field:Criminology not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Justice and the law
Objective Field:Justice and the law not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Travers, M (Associate Professor Max Travers)
ID Code:137161
Year Published:2020
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2020-02-03
Last Modified:2021-02-09

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