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'Dead in the water': is rural violent crime prevention floating face-down because criminology can't handle context?

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Bell, EJ and Hall, R, 'Dead in the water': is rural violent crime prevention floating face-down because criminology can't handle context?, Crime Prevention and Community Safety, 9, (4) pp. 252-274. ISSN 1460-3780 (2007) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1057/palgrave.cpcs.8150051

Abstract

The paper explores the challenges of capturing context in criminology with reference to one kind of small-N situation-violent crime in rural communities. An illustrative analysis of the violent crime prevention research and select adjunct debates about method, including case-based approaches, was undertaken. First, the paper explores the need for methods offering diversity-oriented ways of understanding country, community, and the individual in situ in the community. Second, it examines how the challenges of "context" are being described in wider debates: about the technical limitations of "big Q" methods for criminology; about the relevance of research evidence; about case-based analyses. Third, it sketches the value of Charles Ragin's diversity-oriented, small-N method for enriching understandings of context. The paper concludes that Ragin's method can add value to local rural crime prevention practice and related micro-social policy development by illuminating the "black box" of individual cases. © 2007 Palgrave Macmillan Ltd.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Studies in Human Society
Research Group:Criminology
Research Field:Criminology not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health)
Objective Field:Rural Health
Author:Bell, EJ (Associate Professor Erica Bell)
Author:Hall, R (Mr Richard Hall)
ID Code:48193
Year Published:2007
Deposited By:Centre for Rural Health
Deposited On:2007-08-01
Last Modified:2012-04-18
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