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Court Ethnographies


Travers, MH, Court Ethnographies, The Oxford Handbook of Ethnographies of Crime and Criminal Justice Find Print Edition in Library Find at Google Preview The Oxford Handbook of Ethnographies of Crime and Criminal Justice, Oxford University Press, SM Bucerius, KD Haggerty and L Beradi (ed), Online, pp. 1-20. ISBN 9780190904500 (2021) [Research Book Chapter]

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DOI: doi:10.1093/oxfordhb/9780190904500.013.25


This chapter provides an introduction to ethnographic research on criminal courts, focusing on the scientific and policy objectives in this diverse field. A central theme is that court ethnographers in observing hearings and interviewing practitioners have a choice in employing analytic strategies that focus on "micro" and "macro" level of analysis. Landmark studies conducted in the United States and United Kingdom are summarized, locating these in their political and intellectual context. Practical issues are reviewed including obtaining access, ethics approvals, and data analysis. The chapter also considers future trends and issues: internationalization of this field, practical contributions to understanding criminal justice, and policy implications for debates about social justice. Ethnographers can assist in evaluating emerging philosophies and court-based practices, and new types of specialist courts.

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:criminal courts, ethnography, “micro” and “macro” levels, internationalization, social justice
Research Division:Law and Legal Studies
Research Group:Legal systems
Research Field:Legal systems 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, MH (Associate Professor Max Travers)
ID Code:148247
Year Published:2021
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2021-12-14
Last Modified:2022-05-16

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